The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. Appellate Rules: 3,6,42, and Froms 1 and 2 Bankruptcy Rules: 2005, 3007, 7007.1, and 9036 Civil Rules: 7.1 The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted on the Judiciary’s website at: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/proposed-amendments-published-public-comment. The information is posted in a printable format for those who prefer hard-copy documents. The public comment period closes on February 19, 2020.
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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.
August 19, 2019
July 26, 2019
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is now receiving applications to attend the BIENNIAL FEDERAL BENCH AND BAR CONFERENCE to be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. Email notifications with instructions on how to apply have been sent to all active attorneys in the Eastern District of Louisiana Bar. The conference will be free to members of the court's bar who are in good standing and will include at least 6 hours of CLE credit. In addition to the training and educational programs to be offered, the conference will provide complimentary refreshments, including a breakfast, lunch, and closing reception. For questions about the conference, please call 504-589-3345 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 26, 2019
Pending required approvals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy in the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The position will be available June 1, 2020. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2019. A full public notice and application for the Magistrate Judge position may be found on our employment page.
July 25, 2019
The U. S. District Court, 500 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA. is soliciting price quotes for up to 110 covered employee parking spots within a two block radius of the courthouse for the period 9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020. Solicitation packets with full details may be picked up from the Shared Administrative Services office, Room B-208, 500 Poydras St., N.O., LA. between 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Price quotes must be submitted by 12:00 P.M. August 14, 2019 to the Procurement Department. Please call (504) 589-7661 for additional information.
June 28, 2019
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.
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.