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  • Unlocking Employment Opportunities: Keynote Speaker, Shon Hopwood - March 8, 2019

    Coordinated by Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick and Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes, the Middle District of Louisiana sponsored and coordinated a community wide event called "Unlocking Employment Opportunities" featuring a keynote address by former convicted Bank robber, now Georgetown law professor, Shon Hopwood. In addition to the keynote address provided a panel discussion on prison reform was moderated by Shon Hopwood and included panelists, Chris Broadwater, Vice President of Workforce Policy at Louisiana Community & Technical College; John Easley, Education Coordinator at Angola State Prison; Natalie LaBorde, Louisiana Corrections Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff; Lisa Davis Lavergne, Facility Director at Residential Re-entry Center; and Stephen M. Toups, President at Turner Industries Group, LLC.

  • Flory Trials Competition at LSU Law Center - February 25, 2019

    LSU Law students Lucas Schenk and Benjamin Files won the Spring 2019 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition on Feb. 25 at LSU Law.

    Schenk and Files successfully defended their client in the case judged by the Honorable Richard Bourgeois, Magistrate Judge - United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

    Schenk and Files represented New Age Auto Company, Inc., which denied that its voice-to-text system caused a driver to lose focus of his vehicle and strike a pedestrian. John Griffin and Richard Norem represented Jamie Walker, the plaintiff who was struck by the vehicle, and finished runners-up in the competition.

    Named in honor of the late professor of the Law Center, the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition is open to all second- and third-year law students and is sponsored by the Board of Advocates. Flory was a professor at LSU Law for 36 years, and taught many course during his tenure, including Federal Procedure, Evidence, Bankruptcy and Negotiable Instruments. He was also instrumental in raising funds to increase the school library to the minimum requirements for accreditation and admission into the Association of the American Law Schools.

  • Second graduating class of Louisiana Middle District’s Rehabilitating Individuals through Strategic Encounters (RISE) program

    Second graduating class of Louisiana Middle District’s Rehabilitating Individuals through Strategic Encounters (RISE) program.  Judicial Officers pictured are Chief Judge Shelly Dick and Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes with the new graduates.  For more information on the RISE program, click here.

  • Flory Trials Competition at LSU Law Center - March 27, 2017

    Named in honor of the late professor of the Law Center, the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition is open to all second-and third-year law students and is sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Board.  A Flory Trial is held each semester; the fall Flory trial is traditionally a criminal case, while the spring Flory trial is a civil case.  Participating in the Flory trials is one of the best ways to get real-life experience and exposure to evidence and other rules of trial. Winners of the Spring 2017 competition are Ms. Quinn Brown and Ms. Caila Cleary.

    2017 Flory Trials Competition photo with winners

    Pictured from left to right: Ms. Quinn Brown, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick, Senior U.S. District Judge James Brady, U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes and Ms. Caila Cleary.

  • Baton Rouge Bar Installation - January 11, 2017

    Karli Glascock Johnson was sworn in as the 88th president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in a ceremony that was presided over by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson. During the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, past president Jeanne C. Comeaux presented President’s Awards, and outgoing section chairs were recognized with plaques. A brief reception was held following the ceremony.


    Judge Shelly D. Dick, Judge John W. deGravelles, 2017 BRBA President Karli Glascock Johnson, Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson and Judge James Brady were photographed following the Bar Leader Installation Ceremony.

  • BRBA and BR Chapter of FBA hosted Federal Court Admission Ceremony - December 13, 2016

    The  BRBA  and  the  Baton  Rouge  Chapter  of  the Federal  Bar  Association  hosted  its  annual  Admission  to the  Federal  Courts  Ceremony  Tuesday,  Dec.  13,  2016.  Judge  John  W.  deGravelles  presided  over  the  ceremony wherein  34  attorneys  were  admitted  to  one  or  more  of the federal courts including the U.S. District Court for the Middle  District  of  Louisiana,  U.S.  District  Court  for  the Eastern  District  of  Louisiana,  U.S.  District  Court  for  the Western  District  of  Louisiana  and  the  U.S.  Fifth  Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Thomas D. “Beau” Bourgeois Jr., Judge John W. deGravelles and Vic Suane

  • 2016 African-American Heritage Program

    The Louisiana Middle District celebrated its twenty-first annual African-American Heritage Program on February 25, 2016.  Clarence A. Becknell, Sr. presented “Mardi Gras:  The African-American Experience.”  In attendance were the Judicial Officers for Louisiana Middle District Court, employees of all Court units, local dignitaries, and guests.  The Court would like to recognize the following schools/groups for participating in the program:  Presentation of Colors - Zachary High School Army JROTC, Bronco Battalion; musical selections - John Gray, Trumpeter and Michael Foster and The Michael Foster Project; school guests - Madison Preparatory Academy. 

    About the Speaker:  Mr. Becknell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is the Historian Emeritus of Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Inc.  Mr. Becknell joined the Zulu organization in May 1981.  He has always been an active member and has been instrumental in the growth of the organization through marketing and instituting community programs.  The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Inc. is celebrating its 100th year of incorporation (1916-2016).  While the “Group” marched in Mardi Gras as early as 1901, their first appearance as Zulus came in 1909, with William Story as King.  Zulu has grown tremendously over the years and the continual growth is credited to the members for their love, loyalty, and dedication to the organization.