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Dillard to Host Oral Arguments Before the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal

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Written by David M. Grubb

NEW ORLEANS – As part of the celebration of Black History Month and an ongoing effort to educate students and the public about the workings of the judicial system, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal will convene on the Dillard University campus on Tuesday, Feb. 14. at 11 a.m.   

The session will be held in the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Courtroom, located in the Dillard Professional Schools and Sciences Building.  Judges Terri F. Love, Daniel L. Dysart, and Rosemary Ledet will hear the oral arguments.  The session is free and open to the public.

The legacy of the late Justice Ortique, Dillard alum and the first African-American elected to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court, was a direct inspiration for holding this public session.

“Justice Ortique was himself a Black History maker,” said Judge Love.  “As we carry the honor of wearing these robes, we understand that we stand on the shoulders of pioneers like him and so many other great legal scholars.  It is a privilege to conduct appellate arguments in a courtroom named in his honor, and a true representation of the impact of his work and his life.”

The Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Courtroom is part of the Dillard University’s Center for Law and Public Interest, which was established to assist undergraduate students who seek careers in law and related fields and to serve as a conduit to champion issues of public interest.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and host this convening of the court,” said Adria N. Kimbrough, Pre-law Advisor the Center for Law and Public Interest.  “This allows our students to have a front row seat to observe our legal system in action and provides an invaluable experience that cannot be recreated in the classroom.”

Following court, Judges Love, Dysart, and Ledet will be joined by Judge Arthur Hunter of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court as they host a “lunch and learn” session at noon directly across from the courtroom.  The session will provide an overview of the appellate court process to students and a question and answer period. 

For more information, please call (504) 816-4367.

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