A Law Library of Louisiana Free CLE
Co-sponsored by the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society
Pierre Soulé: Advocate of Liberty
Presented by Dr. Olivier Moréteau
Thursday, April 25, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Courtroom, Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal Street
One hour CLE
On Thursday, April 25th, the Law Library of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society will co-sponsor a free CLE program, Pierre Soulé: Advocate of Liberty, at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Professor Olivier Moréteau will discuss the complicated and peripatetic life of French-born Pierre Soulé (1801-1870), a New Orleans attorney and U.S. Senator from Louisiana who studied law in Paris, and was imprisoned for a time for publishing revolutionary articles. He escaped to England and made his way to the United States via Haiti, eventually settling in New Orleans in 1825. Soulé was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1849, and took an appointment as U.S. Minister to Spain in 1853. He drafted the controversial Ostend Manifesto in his ministerial role, for which he was roundly criticized. Soulé resumed the practice of law in New Orleans after the controversy. Though opposed to secession, he abided by the decision of his state. He was arrested and imprisoned in Fort Lafayette, New York upon the Union capture of New Orleans. When he was paroled, Soulé fled to Boston, and then to the Bahamas. He travelled to Richmond, Virginia, to aid the Confederacy, and moved to Havana after the war. Soulé eventually returned to New Orleans, where he died.
Dr. Olivier Moréteau is a Professor of Law and the first holder of the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He joined LSU in 2005. He is the Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and the Assistant Dean for International Programs. He earned his Doctorate in Law summa cum laude at the Université Jean Moulin, 1990, after research conducted in Cambridge with a British Council scholarship. He has authored and edited books in French and in English, and written over a hundred articles, chapters, notes, and reviews in various languages, published in international periodicals or books, on the civil law, common law, comparative law, law and languages, legal translation, tort law, the law of obligations, codification, and legal education.