The United States Senate has confirmed Greg G. Guidry to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. On behalf of the entire court family, we welcome him to our court.
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June 28, 2019
June 13, 2019
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is pleased to announce the SECOND BIENNIAL FEDERAL BENCH AND BAR CONFERENCE to be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. Please save the date! The conference will be free to members of the Eastern District of Louisiana Bar who are in good standing and will include a full day of CLE credit. In addition to the training and educational programs to be offered, plans call for complimentary refreshments, including a continental breakfast, lunch, and closing reception. Email notifications will be sent to the court's bar when the conference registration opens, which is expected to be in July, 2019
June 6, 2019
On June 6, 2019, the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over a naturalization ceremony in which 35 individuals were naturalized as new United States citizens. The ceremony opened with a flag presentation by the United States Marine Forces Reserve Color Guard, a rendition of the National Anthem, and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. After the ceremony opened, New Orleans Bar Association President, Jason Waguespack, provided a keynote address. In his address, Attorney Waguespack focused on a citizen's rights and responsibilities and recounted the wisdom of President Theodore Roosevelt's 1910 "Citizenship in a Republic" speech, in which President Roosevelt offered that a good citizen is not one who sits on the sideline and complains, but one: "who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." After Attorney Waguespack's speech, Assistant United States Attorney Mary Katherine Kaufman certified candidates' eligibility for naturalization. The candidates then individually introduced themselves, announced their countries of origin, and received certificates of naturalization. Following the certificate distribution, Judge Brown administered the Oath of Allegiance and concluded the ceremony with remarks further reflecting on these words of President Theodore Roosevelt: "Americanism is a question of principles, of idealism, of character; it is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent." After the ceremony, the New Orleans Chapter of the League of Women Voters encouraged new citizens to take advantage of their new-found citizenship by completing voter registration applications. Please select this link (Part A, Part B) to view photographs from the ceremony.
May 17, 2019
The United States Senate has confirmed Wendy B. Vitter to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. On behalf of the entire court family, we welcome her to our court.
May 9, 2019
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced the selection of Meredith Sue Grabill to the position of Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana subject to the completion of a standard background check. Ms. Grabill would begin her term on September 9, 2019 and she is currently with the New Orleans office of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin, and Hubbard.
April 17, 2019
U.S. District Court - EDLA & New Orleans FBA present: Identifying and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Context of Federal Litigation, April 30, 2019, 12:00 pm, Courtroom 501, CLE credit, No charge, Lunch provided
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April 4, 2019
On April 4, 2019, the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over a naturalization ceremony in which 16 foreign-born individuals became United States citizens. Attorney Christopher Alfieri, representative of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association, served as keynote note speaker for the event. Mr. Alfieri encouraged the naturalization candidates to embrace American ideals while still maintaining their ethnic cultures and traditions, stressing that America's strength lies in its many cultures and peoples. Following Mr. Alfieri's address, Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Schreiber, acting as the U.S. Attorney General's designee, certified the candidates' eligibility for naturalization. The candidates then recited the Oath of Allegiance to the United States as administered by Judge Feldman. Judge Feldman gave closing remarks in which he emphasized the many freedoms enjoyed by the American people, including "the freedom to be who you want to be." Following the ceremony, the new citizens were offered the opportunity to register to vote at a table where the Honorable Miriam Waltzer, former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge and member of the New Orleans Chapter of the League of Women Voters, was assisting new citizens in the application process. Please select this link to access ceremony photographs.
March 15, 2019
Transient Justice: The Ten New Orleans Locations of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana presented by Writer/Historian John Magill
February 7, 2019
On February 7, 2019, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held a naturalization ceremony, during which 14 individuals were naturalized as new United States citizens. The Honorable Susie Morgan, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over the ceremony. The ceremony began with the United States Marine Forces Reserve Color Guard presenting the American and Marine Corps flags, and Malinda Blevins, Daughter of the American Revolution - Spirit of '76 Chapter, leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Eureka Arties of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Office sang the National Anthem a cappella. Cory Vidal, President of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, provided a welcome address. Mr. Vidal focused on the American civil rights movement and the activists who took courageous action to ensure that all people, regardless of race or national origin, are treated equally and fairly under the United States Constitution. Kimberly Silas, President-Elect of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, provided a keynote address. Ms. Silas encouraged naturalization candidates to vote, pursue public office, and get involved in their communities. Following Ms. Silas' address, Ms. Arties sang a moving rendition of America the Beautiful. Afterwards, each naturalization candidate walked to the front of the courtroom, individually announced his/her name and country of origin, and took a picture with Judge Morgan. The candidates then took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and received certificates of naturalization. A truly celebratory mood pervaded the courtroom, as new citizens, their families and friends, and members of the legal community celebrated the momentous occasion. Please select the following link to access ceremony photographs.
January 25, 2019
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