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News & Announcements: 2023-09

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September 28, 2023
The District Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana announce the selection of Eva J. Dossier as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the district, pending successful completion of a background investigation.   Ms. Dossier earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Tulane University, where she was a Deans’ Honor Scholar and graduated cum laude with academic honors. She then graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a John W. Wade Scholar. Ms. Dossier received the Vanderbilt Pro Bono Service Award, as well as Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, and Wills and Trusts. After law school, Ms. Dossier clerked for the Honorable James B. Loken, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then the Honorable Lance M. Africk, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Most recently, Ms. Dossier has been a member of the law firm of Stanley, Reuter, Thornton & Alford, LLC, focusing on litigation in Louisiana’s state and federal courts.  Part of Ms. Dossier’s practice has involved the representation of lawyers and law firms in ethics and professional responsibility matters.  Ms. Dossier is an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, where she teaches an upper-level experiential course on written discovery, and she is a frequent speaker on issues relating to ethics and professional responsibility. She served on the Lawyer Disciplinary Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 2017 to 2023. Ms. Dossier is a member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, which recognized her with the Jack Martzell Professionalism Award in 2021.  Ms. Dossier is also a Vice President of the New Orleans Bar Association, a member of the Insurance Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and an American Bar Foundation Fellow.  She sits on the Board of Trustees of CrescentCare, a federally qualified healthcare center (formerly known as the NO/AIDS Task Force) that provides the New Orleans community with health care and supportive services.
September 22, 2023
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is pleased to announce that the Honorable Karen Wells Roby, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is the 2023 recipient of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award is given to a member whose service to the legal profession exemplifies a lifetime commitment.  Judge Roby has served on the Eastern District of Louisiana’s bench since 1999 and served as the court’s Chief Magistrate Judge from 2017-2021.  Judge Roby was honored at the Martinet Legal Society’s annual gala and jazz brunch.  To read more about Judge Roby’s selection for the Lifetime Achievement Award and her distinguished career, please select this link.
September 14, 2023
The Court has issued a Third Amendment to its Hurricane Ida Case Management Order No. 1. This amendment applies the deadline extension for responsive pleadings that was established in the second amendment to the CMO to cases removed from state court. View this PDF
September 13, 2023
Pursuant to Case Management Order No. 1, In re Hurricane Ida Claims, the Court hereby appoints additional individuals as neutrals for the Court’s Streamlined Settlement Program.  View this PDF
September 12, 2023
The Court has issued a Second Amendment to its Hurricane Ida Case Management Order No. 1. This amendment:  •    extends the period for making the required disclosures to 45 days from the filing of responsive pleadings or issuance of an order denying a motion to remand; •    extends the deadline to file responsive pleadings in Hurricane Ida cases to 60 days for any pending case in which an answer has not yet been filed. (Extensions shall be granted only under exceptional circumstances.); and •    requires the parties to use the two forms attached as Exhibits B & C to the First Amendment to the CMO to set forth their respective settlement positions at the informal settlement conference and mediation. All other provisions of the CMO remain in effect. View this PDF View CMO Exhibit A View CMO Exhibit B View CMO Exhibit C