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Tucker Melancon

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Tucker Melancon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Station:   Lafayette, LA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   02/11/1994 - 02/13/2009
Senior:   02/14/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Tom Stagg
Succeeded by:   Elizabeth Erny Foote
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Bryan, TX
Undergraduate:   Louisiana State U., B.S., 1968
Law School:   Tulane Law, J.D., 1973

Tucker L. Melancon is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western 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 native of Texas, Melancon graduated from Louisiana State University with his bachelor's degree in 1968 and later graduated from Tulane Law School with his law degree in 1973.[1]

Professioanl career

Melancon spent his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Louisiana from 1973 to 1993.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Louisiana

On the unanimous recommendation of Louisiana U.S. Senators John Breaux and Bennett Johnston, Melancon was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 18, 1993 to a seat vacated by Tom Stagg. Melancon was Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 10, 1994 on a Senate vote and received commission on February 11, 1994. Melancon assumed senior status on February 14, 2009.[1] Melancon was succeeded in this position by Elizabeth Erny Foote.

Notable cases

Lawyer seeks $10 million in fees (2011)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Monteilh v. St. Landry Parish School Board, No. 11-0570)

Judge Melancon was the presiding judge over a case which involves an attorney seeking legal fees of $700 an hour for the 14,136.5 hours. He says he worked on a desegregation lawsuit he filed in 1965 against the St. Landry Parish School District. The case came to an end in March of 2011, with the school district being required to continue several desegregation initiatives. Marion Overton White, the attorney who originally filed the lawsuit, came to Judge Melancon in May seeking compensation for his work on the case. Though he is legally entitled to collect fees, the school district contend that the amount is too much and has asked the judge to dismiss the case.[2] On November 21, 2011, a settlement was reached for $800,000 to be paid in fees to Overton.[3][4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Tom Stagg
Western District of Louisiana
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Elizabeth Erny Foote

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