Celebrating Four Former Louisiana Supreme Court Justices

Judge Allen M. Babineaux International Civil Law Symposium

On Thursday, November 21 at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LSU Law Professor Olivier Moréteau will present on 19th century Justice François-Xavier Martin at the Judge Allen M. Babineaux International Civil Law Symposium, commemorating the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Supreme Court (1813-2013). The program is proposed by the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

1:00 – Welcome: Warren A. Perrin, chairman of the Francophone Section

1:05 – Introduction: Moderator Louis R. Koerner Jr., vice president of the Francophone Section

1:10 – Greetings on behalf of the Supreme Court: Justice Greg Guidry

1:30 – 19th century Justice Xavier Martin by L.S.U. Law Professor Olivier Moréteau

2:00 – 20th century Justice Albert Tate by former U.S. Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees

2:30 – 20th century by former Justice, now U. S. Circuit Judge James L. Dennis

3:00 – 21st century by Retired Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr.

3:30 – Symposium: A panel discussion led by moderator Louis R. Koerner Jr.

4:00 – Closing remarks

Commemorating the bicentennial of Louisiana’s Supreme Court, the Francophone Section presents a celebration of Louisiana’s rich legal heritage through tributes to four former Supreme Court Justices: Martin, Tate, Dennis and Calogero.  These four justices were and are heroes of the Civil Law in Louisiana. By their intelligence and determination, they each played essential roles in applying the doctrines and methodology of the Civil Law to produce the rich Louisiana legal tradition of today. LSU law professor Olivier Moréteau will present a talk on Francois Xavier Martin and a historical overview of the Court in the early 19th Century just after statehood, and in the formative years of true Louisiana law. Justice Albert Tate’s storied career as a jurist will be discussed by Grover Joseph Rees, III, United States Ambassador (Retired).   Judge James L. Dennis will speak about the 20 years he served on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Retired Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. will then discuss his own 36-year tenure.

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