United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

From Judgepedia
Jump to: navigation, search
[edit]

Eastern District of Louisiana
Fifth Circuit
LA-ED.gif
Chief:Sarah VanceJudges:12
Posts:12Vacancies:0
Active judges
BerriganFeldmanFallonLemelleBarbierEngelhardtJolivette-BrownZaineyAfrickTriche-MilazzoMorgan
Senior Judges
BeerDuvalHeebeLemmonMcNamara
Magistrate Judges
ChasezKnowlesRobyShushanWilkinson
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (E.D. La.) is a federal trial court based in New Orleans. The court has twelve authorized judgeships, eleven of which are filled. The Hon. Sarah Vance is the Chief Judge of the Court replacing Helen Berrigan who relinquished her role as the Chief Judge of the Court. In addition to the active district judges, the court currently has five judges on senior status and five magistrate judges. The U.S Attorney for the district represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation before the court.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Kenneth A. Polite .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown New Orleans at the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. TThe court currently has no vacancies.

Jurisdiction

The Parishes of the Eastern District of Louisiana (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Louisiana consists of all the following parishes in the eastern part of the state of Louisiana.[2].

Cases heard

The Eastern District of Louisiana has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law. Like all U.S. district courts, the court has original jurisdiction over civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws, and treaties of the United States;[3] certain civil actions between citizens of different states;[4] civil actions within the admiralty or maritime jurisdiction of the United States;[5] criminal prosecutions brought by the United States; and many other types of cases and controversies.[6] It also has appellate jurisdiction over a very limited class of judgments, orders, and decrees.[7]

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 85873475120624336 772610.312.92120 (29.0%)6.38
2011 108954175150706464 86069.622.71061 (13.0%)30.612
2010 1523960152125410264 109908.233.23283 (31.4%)1212
2009 158257803236288299 153299.613.26084 (41.1%)9.514
2008 165688860254289811 156178.28.82065 (13.4%)014
20071223811086233246745165799.17.9374 (2.3%)012
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
LAE Terminations Filed.jpg LAE Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Louisiana has only one courthouse. Loretta G. Whyte is the official clerk of court and can be reached at (504)589-7650. Clerks' offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am until 5:00pm, excluding federal holidays. The contact information for the court is below:

U.S. District Court

Eastern District of Louisiana
500 Poydras Street

New Orleans, LA 70130[8]

History

Court history

Federal courts in Lousiana were established by Congress on March 26, 1804 with one post to cover the territory of Orleans. This was the one and only time that Congress granted a district court with the same jurisdiction as the state courts to a territory. On March 3, 1823 Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Western District of Louisiana. On February 13, 1845, Congress consolidated the districts into one district, with one post over the entire state. On March 3, 1849 Congress again divided the district into the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Western District of Louisiana only to reunite it into one district again on July 27, 1866. Finally, congress divided the district for the last time on March 3, 1881. Then on December 18, 1971 Congress split the Middle District of Louisiana from the two existing districts, resulting in the current jurisdictions. Over time 11 additional judicial posts were added to the Eastern District of Louisiana for a total of 12 current posts.[9]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Louisiana:

Year Statute Total Seats
March 26, 1804 2 Stat. 283 1(Whole State)
March 3, 1823 3 Stat. 774 1(1 shared)
February 13, 1845 5 Stat. 722 1(Whole State)
March 3, 1849 9 Stat. 401 1
July 27, 1866 14 Stat. 300 1(Whole state)
March 3, 1881 21 Stat. 507 1
March 18, 1938 52 Stat. 110 2
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 4
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 8
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 10
December 18, 1971 85 Stat. 741 9
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 13
October 6, 1997 111 Stat. 1173 12
[9]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Eastern District of Louisiana.







Federal courthouse

The Eastern District of Louisiana has only one federal courthouse.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Louisiana judicial news.

See also

External links

References

  1. Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
  2. 28 U.S.C. § 98(a)
  3. 28 U.S.C. § 1331
  4. 28 U.S.C. § 1332
  5. 28 U.S.C. § 1333
  6. Title 28, United States Code, Chapter 85
  7. Under 28 U.S.C. § 158(a)(1), for example, the U.S. district courts are authorized to hear appeals from final judgments, orders, and decrees of U.S. bankruptcy judges.
  8. Courthouse Address
  9. 9.0 9.1 FJC History of the Districts of Louisiana
  10. Times Picayune, "Judge grants new trial for ex-New Orleans police officers convicted in notorious Danziger Bridge slayings after Hurricane Katrina," September 17, 2013
  11. Main Justice, "Judge Blasts 'Grotesque Prosecutorial Misconduct' in Tossing Danziger Bridge Case," September 17, 2013
  12. Gant Daily, "Plenty of Misconduct, 129 Pages of One Judge’s Disbelief," September 20, 2013
  13. MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Buisnessweek, Aug. 10, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 Bloomberg.com, "BP Gulf Oil Spill Approves $7.8 Billion Settlement," December 22, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Law.com" Federal Judge Puts Chinese Drywall Cases on 'Rocket Docket, August 11, 2009
  16. "Reuters" Federal Judge Announces Breakthrough Agreement in Chinese Drywall Litigation, November 3, 2009
  17. Bloomberg "Judge Awards $2.6 Million in Chinese Drywall Suit," April 8, 2010
  18. Herald-Tribune "New Orleans federal judge finds for drywall victims," April 27, 2010
  19. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, MDL NO. 2047, December 21, 2011
  20. Insurance Journal, "Judge Urged to Approve Chinese Drywall Settlements," November 15, 2012
  21. WWL-TV "Judge OKs hospital projects in New Orleans ," March 31, 2010
  22. "NOLA.com" Clipper Estates lawsuit dismissed by federal judge, September 14, 2009
  23. "Joffroin v. Tufaro, 606 F. 3d 235 - Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 2010," May 11, 2010
  24. "NOLA.com" "Federal judge takes harsh line in sentencing Road Home thief," October 7, 2009

Eastern District of Louisiana
Fifth Circuit
LA-ED.gif
Chief:Sarah VanceJudges:12
Posts:12Vacancies:0
Active judges
BerriganFeldmanFallonLemelleBarbierEngelhardtJolivette-BrownZaineyAfrickTriche-MilazzoMorgan
Senior Judges
BeerDuvalHeebeLemmonMcNamara
Magistrate Judges
ChasezKnowlesRobyShushanWilkinson
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Helen Berrigan1948New Rochelle, NYClinton 03/10/1994 - Present2001 - 2008Patrick CarrU. of Wisconsin, B.A., 1969Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Martin Feldman1934St. Louis, MOReagan 10/05/1983 - PresentJack GordonTulane U., B.A., 1955Tulane Law, J.D., 1957
Chief Judge Sarah Vance1950Donaldsonville, LAClinton 09/29/1994 - Present2008 - PresentHenry MentzLouisiana State U., B.A., 1971Tulane Law School, J.D., 1978
Judge Eldon Fallon1939New Orleans, LAClinton 05/10/1995 - PresentAdrian DuplantierTulane U., B.A., 1959Tulane Law, J.D., 1962
Judge Ivan Lemelle1950Opelousas, LAClinton 04/7/1998 - PresentVeronica WickerXavier U., B.S., 1971Loyola Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Carl Barbier1944New Orleans, LAClinton 10/01/1998 - PresentOkla JonesSoutheastern Louisiana U., B.A., 1966Loyola Law, J.D., 1970
Judge Kurt Engelhardt1960New Orleans, LAW. Bush 12/13/2001 - PresentMorey SearLouisiana State U., B.A., 1982Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1985
Judge Jay Zainey1951New Orleans, LAW. Bush 02/14/2002 - PresentA.J. McNamaraU. of New Orleans, B.S., 1972Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Lance Africk1951New York, NYW. Bush 04/17/2002 - PresentEdith ClementU. of North Carolina, B.A., 1973U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo1957Napoleonville, LAObama 10/11/2011 - PresentMary Ann LemmonNicholls State U., B.A., 1977Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1992
Judge Nannette Jolivette-Brown1963Lafayette, LAObama 10/3/2011 - PresentStanwood DuvalU. of Southwestern Louisiana, B.A., 1985Tulane Law School, J.D., 1988
Judge Susie Morgan1953Winnsboro, LAObama 3/28/2012 - PresentU. of Louisiana, Monroe, B.A., 1974Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1980


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Stanwood DuvalClinton 9/29/1994 - 12/14/200812/15/2008 - PresentLouisiana State U., B.A., 1964Louisiana State U. Law, LL.B., 1966
Senior Judge Frederick HeebeL.B. Johnson 03/26/1966 - 08/25/19921972 - 19928/26/1992 - PresentTulane U., B.A., 1943Tulane Law, LL.B., 1949
Senior Judge A.J. McNamaraReagan 06/21/1982 - 06/08/20011999 - 200106/09/2001 - PresentLouisiana State U., B.S., 1959Loyola Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Mary Ann LemmonClinton 07/25/1996 - 12/31/201001/01/2011 - PresentLoyola U.Loyola Law, J.D., 1964
Senior Judge Peter BeerCarter 11/27/1979 - 04/11/199404/12/1994 - PresentTulane U., B.B.A., 1949Tulane Law School, LL.B., 1952


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Chief Magistrate Judge Alma Chasez
Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles01/06/2003 - Present
Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby02/22/1999 - PresentXavier U., B.S., 1983Tulane Law, J.D., 1987
Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson
Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Elmer West1967-1972
Morey Sear1992 - 1999
Herbert Christenberry1949 - 1967
A.J. McNamara1999 - 2001
Frederick Heebe1972 - 1992
Helen Berrigan2001 - 2008
Edith Clement2001

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges

Impeached judges


LouisianaLouisianaLouisiana Supreme CourtLouisiana Courts of AppealLouisiana District CourtsLouisiana Family CourtsLouisiana Juvenile CourtsLouisiana Parish CourtsLouisiana City CourtsLouisiana Municipal CourtsLouisiana Traffic CourtsLouisiana Justice of the Peace CourtsLouisiana Mayor’s CourtsUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of LouisianaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of LouisianaUnited States District Court for the Western District of LouisianaUnited States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of LouisianaUnited States bankruptcy court, Middle District of LouisianaUnited States bankruptcy court, Western District of LouisianaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitLouisiana parishesLouisiana judicial newsLouisiana judicial electionsJudicial selection in LouisianaLouisianaTemplate.jpg

Cite error: <ref> tags exist, but no <references/> tag was found