First Circuit Holds Hearings at Law Center

Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal announced that the First Circuit will hold hearings in the David Robinson Courtroom at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, February 19, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attorneys representing clients with appeals pending before the First Circuit will be presenting oral arguments before the judges sitting in three-judge panels.  Hearings on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, will be before:  Judges Randolph H. Parro, Page McClendon, and Jewel E. “Duke” Welch.  Hearings on Thursday, February 19, 2009, will be before Judges John T. Pettigrew, J. Michael McDonald, and Jefferson D. Hughes, III.

2L and 3L students should be reminded about the courtroom rules in case they attend:

  • Dress nicely.
  • No backpacks, cell phones, weapons, food or drink are allowed in the courtroom. Purses are allowed, but will be subject to search (which will in turn slow down entry into the courtroom). Laptops are allowed, but discouraged; if brought in, they will need to be powered up in the presence of security (which will slow down entry).
  • Please remember to stand when the judges enter or exit the courtroom.
  • Please be quiet and respectful of the judges and the attorneys during oral arguments.

There will be an area in the corner of the student lounge where the students may place their backpacks, etc. if they do not have a locker or other secure area for these items.

The briefs of the cases to be argued will be posted on reserve under Heidi Thompson or Legal Writing 5022.

The First Circuit is one of five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts.  The First Circuit’s jurisdiction extends over 16 parishes in the southeastern part of Louisiana.  The court is domiciled in Baton Rouge and normally holds hearings at its courthouse located at 1600 North Third Street.  On occasion, as part of its educational outreach program, the First Circuit travels to various locations within its jurisdiction, such as LSU, to hold court. 

Chief Judge Carter invites the public to attend the hearings, with a special invitation extended to law, government, criminal justice, and civics classes.

Current copies of the court’s docket are available on the court’s website.  For additional information visit