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News & Announcements: 2023-12

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

December 28, 2023
Amendments to the Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana become effective January 1, 2024. The changes concern:  •    Rule 7.5 (Response and Memorandum),  •    Rule 78.1 (Submission Dates and Oral Argument),  •    Rule 5.6 (Procedure for Filing Documents Under Seal), and  •    Rule 26.3 (Initial Disclosures in Misappropriation of Trade Secret Cases). The amendments are available in the Court’s December 20, 2023 Order. The en banc Court approved the amendments in March 2023 and revised them following a period of notice and comment. The Court then provided a second notice period and received approval from the Rules Committee of the Fifth Circuit’s Judicial Council before adopting the final amendments. In conjunction with the amendments, the process for filing documents under seal in civil cases will also change January 1. Parties in civil cases will now file sealed documents electronically through the Court’s CM/ECF system. Instructions for filing civil documents under seal appear in amended Local Rule 5.6 and the E-Filing Under Seal instructions and FAQs. The process for filing sealed documents in criminal cases remains unchanged. For further assistance, parties can also contact the Clerk’s Office help desk at (504) 589-7788 or toll-free at (866) 209-7767.
December 22, 2023
Judge Brandon S. Long took the oath of office to become a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana on December 21, 2023, following his nomination by President Biden and his confirmation by the United States Senate. The Court extends a warm welcome to Judge Long and looks forward to his service on the bench. 
December 12, 2023
The Court has issued a Fourth Amendment to its Hurricane Ida Case Management Order No. 1. The order amends the CMO as follows:  1.    The deadline to conduct the Informal Settlement Conference is extended to 60 days from the disclosure deadline (previous deadline was 30 days);  2.    The deadline for the Administrator to schedule mediation is extended to 150 days from the filing of the last responsive pleadings or, if falling on a later date, 60 days from denial of a motion to remand (previous deadlines were 75 and 30 days); 3. The cancellation fee for mediations cancelled within 14 days is removed where the reason for cancellation is settlement of the case.   All other provisions of the CMO remain in effect. View this PDF View CMO Exhibit B View CMO Exhibit C
December 8, 2023
Cover Photo: Copyright Suzi Altman The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana partnered with the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to present a dramatic reenactment of the historic events leading to the integration of the University of Mississippi. James Meredith, the then-student who integrated the University, participated in the event, which also recounted the heroics of Constance Baker Motley (Meredith’s attorney) and Judge John Minor Wisdom, one of several judges who authored courageous desegregation decisions at the time.  Under the direction of U.S. Magistrate Judge Janis van Meerveld and performing a script co-authored by U.S. Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and his wife Kathy Hirata Chin, a cast of federal judges and other distinguished guests reenacted the court proceedings involved in Meredith’s quest to become the first Black student admitted to the university in the 1960s. The script drew heavily from actual transcripts from the legal proceedings and was accompanied by photographs of the events as they unfolded. These real-life touches transported the audience back in time to the segregated South that Judge Wisdom (played by Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown) described as “the eerie atmosphere of never-never land.” Compelling, historic, thought-provoking, infuriating, and timely, the performance received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd, as did Mr. Meredith when he was introduced to the audience to add his commentary. Following the performance, a panel featuring U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge Dana Douglas, U.S. Magistrate Judge designee Eva Dossier, and Federal Public Defender Claude Kelly shared ethics and professionalism insights drawn from the events. Attendees who filled the Court’s en banc courtroom for the performance then had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Meredith and the distinguished cast of Judges and other prominent members of the bar. The program and accompanying panel discussion continued the success of the FBA’s long-running Alvin B. Rubin Symposium, which honors Judge Rubin who served as a U.S. district and appellate judge and authored several key civil rights opinions. For the full video of the performance, please click here to use this link. Photo gallery of the event by photographer Suzi Altman.