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Elizabeth Erny Foote

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Elizabeth Erny Foote
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Station:   Shreveport, LA
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   06/15/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Tucker Melancon
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Lafayette, LA
Undergraduate:   Louisiana State U., 1974
Law School:   Louisiana State U. Law, 1978
Grad. School:   Duke U., M.A., 1975

Elizabeth Erny Foote is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on February 4, 2010, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 2010.[1]

Early life and education

Foote earned her bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in 1974 and her Master's degree from Duke University in 1975.[2] She graduated with her J.D. from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1978.[3]

Professional career

Foote worked as an attorney in private practice with the Smith Foote Law Firm, LLP in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 1979 until her confirmation to the court.[3]

Judicial career

Western District of Louisiana

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Elizabeth Erny Foote
 Court:Western District of Louisiana
 Progress:Confirmed 131 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:February 4, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:February 24, 2010
ApprovedAReported:March 18, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:June 15, 2010
 Vote: Voice vote

On February 4, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Foote to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.[3] She was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Tucker Melancon.[4]

Foote was recommended to the President for nomination by Senator Mary Landrieu on July 31, 2009.[5]

She received a rating from a substantial majority of the American Bar Association of "Qualified," and the minority rated her "Well Qualified."[6]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Foote's Public Questionnaire Available Here

Foote had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 24, 2010.

Senate confirmation

On June 15, 2010, Foote was confirmed by the Senate.[7] She took her oath of office on September 10, 2010.[8]

Awards and associations

  • Past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Past president of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center
  • Co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Disaster Relief Committee (2005)[3]

Notable cases

Judge declares mistrial after defendant commits suicide (2014)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (U.S. v. Reece, et al, 6:12-cr-00146)

On April 3, 2014, Judge Foote declared a mistrial in the government's case against attorneys Barry Domingue and Daniel Stanford after Domingue shot himself in an apparent suicide.[9]

In the underlying case, Domingue and Stanford, both licensed attorneys in Louisiana, were indicted along with eight other defendants for their alleged role in the trafficking of synthetic marijuana put to market as a potpourri. Domingue was listed as registered agent for Curious Goods, the company that sold the illegal goods. In November 2012, two co-defendants confessed that they paid the attorneys about $60,000 for legal services through funds raised by the sale of the drugs in question. Domingue and Stanford represented themselves pro se in the matter.

Domingue reportedly shot himself in the head with a 9mm pistol and left a suicide note.[10] He died the same day.[11] After receiving word of Domingue's death, Stanford requested that a mistrial be declared, and Judge Foote acquiesced to his wishes, noting that it was a "very sad end to a very sad matter."[10]

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Preceded by:
Tucker Melancon
Western District of Louisiana
Seat #1
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