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|STATE SUPREME COURT TO SIT AT SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University will be the site March 3 where the Louisiana Supreme Court
will hold court in Hammond as part of an ongoing effort to educate and
inform students and the general public about the Court.
The Court will convene for sessions
beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Vonnie Borden Theatre auditorium
located in D Vickers Hall. It will hear oral arguments on four pending
The sessions will be open to groups
of area high schools, Southeastern faculty and students, and the general
public on a space-available basis. Plans are being developed to offer closed-circuit
viewing of the Court in other classroom locations in the building if the
audience exceeds seating available in the theater.
Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr.
of Metairie and Southeastern President Randy Moffett jointly announced
the convening of the Court at Southeastern.
Chief Justice Calogero said, “For several
years, the Supreme Court has been periodically holding court in parishes
other than Orleans Parish, where the Court is located in the French Quarter.
The goal is to provide area citizens with a snapshot of the volume, variety
and complexity of the Court’s caseload by bringing the Louisiana Supreme
Court to them.”
“This is a wonderful educational opportunity
for area high school students – as well as Southeastern students and faculty
– to witness our state’s highest court in action,” Moffett said. “At Southeastern,
we emphasize and involve our students in as many real-world experiences
as possible, and we have hosted the First Circuit Court of Appeal on several
occasions. The work of the Supreme Court, however, is something few people
get to see. We applaud Chief Justice Calogero and his fellow justices for
bringing the Court’s work to the public sector and especially for making
this available for our students.”
Chief Justice Calogero was elected
to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1972 and took his first oath as Associate
Justice on Jan. 10, 1973 to serve a two-year unexpired term. He was re-elected
in 1974 to a 14-year term on the Court and was re-elected again in 1988
and 1998. Chief Justice Calogero’s district, the First Supreme Court District,
includes the parishes of Jefferson, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa,
Washington and parts of Orleans.
Chief Justice Calogero was sworn in
as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court on April 9, 1990. As Chief
Justice, he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Louisiana
Court System, Chairman of the Judicial Ethics Committee, the Judicial Council
and the Human Resources Committee, and as a member of the Conference of
Chief Justices. In December 1994, he was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the Advisory Committee on Appellate
Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and in 1995 he commenced
serving on the National Center for the State Courts Time on Appeal Advisory
Committee. In 1997 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Conference
of Chief Justices.
As Chief Justice, he has also stewarded
the restoration of the Court’s former courthouse and return of the Louisiana
Supreme Court to 400 Royal Street. The Louisiana Supreme Court moved to
its newly resorted quarters in May 2004.