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Stanwood Duval

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Stanwood Duval
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #10
Station:   New Orleans, LA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/29/1994 - 12/14/2008
Senior:   12/15/2008 - Present
Preceded by:   George Arceneaux
Succeeded by:   Nannette Jolivette-Brown
Personal History
Born:   1942
Hometown:   New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate:   Louisiana State U., B.A., 1964
Law School:   Louisiana State U. Law, LL.B., 1966

Stanwood "Stan" Duval is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A New Orleans native, Duval is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge with his law degree in 1964.[1]

Professional career

Duval has served his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Louisiana from 1966 to 1994. Duval also served as the assistant city attorney for the city of Houma from 1970 to 1972. He was also a parish attorney for the Terrebone Parish Consolidate Government from 1988 to 1993.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Louisiana

On the unanimous recommendation of Louisiana U.S. Senators John Breaux and Bennett Johnston, Duval was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 15, 1994 to a seat vacated by George Arceneaux. Duval was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1994 and received commission on September 29, 1994. Duval assumed senior status on December 15, 2008.[1]

Notable cases

Katrina levee case (2012)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (IN RE KATRINA CANAL BREACHES, 2:05-cv-04182-SRD-JCW)

Judge Duval presided in a case involving the Army Corps of Engineers in their role of preventing Hurricane Katrina. The judge ruled on November 18, 2009, that the engineering branch of the US Army failed to maintain the levee system resulting in one of the worst hurricanes in American history in 2005. As part of the settlement six residents and a business will share $720,000 in damages.[2] The case was later appealed and overturned by the Fifth Circuit court.[3]

Landrieu wiretap case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Judge Duval presided in the first court appearance of four conservative activists including James O'Keefe who are accused of attempting to wiretap the phone system in Senator Mary Landrieu's Louisiana office. During a hearing scheduled on May 19, 2010, Duval transferred the case to be tried by a magistrate judge despite the severity of their charges. Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles presided over an arraignment hearing before the end of May 2010.[4] O'Keefe plead guilty and received three years probation, $1,500 fine and 100 hours community service.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
George Arceneaux
Eastern District of Louisiana
Seat #10
Succeeded by:
Nannette Jolivette-Brown