State Supreme Court announces Bicentennial

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Friday, March 1, 2013, the Louisiana Supreme Court will celebrate 200 years of service as Louisiana's highest court. In honor of this occasion, the justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court will preside over Bicentennial Ceremonies commemorating its legal heritage which dates back to 1813. The ceremonies will take place in the Louisiana Supreme Court courtroom, 400 Royal Street, at 11 a.m., and are the culmination of a year of court events highlighting the bicentennial.

According to Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, "The bicentennial of the Louisiana Supreme Court will be a celebration of the rule of law, our history, and our state. Accordingly this event will look at how the Court, guided by law, has taken shape over the past century and since the centennial celebration in 1913."

Justice Greg G. Guidry chaired the Court Bicentennial Committee which selected topics for the Bicentennial Ceremonies including: A Walk Through the Streets of New Orleans at the Time of the Court's Foundation; The Civilian Aspects of Louisiana Law; The Role of the Louisiana Supreme Court in the Early Civil Rights Movement; and The History of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Additionally, there will be a short play presented by the International High School of New Orleans entitled An Uncommon Birth-Shaping Louisiana's Legal Tradition for Statehood.

The Bicentennial Ceremonies are free and open to the public. One hour of CLE accreditation will be available for Louisiana attorneys.

For more information about the Louisiana Supreme Court Bicentennial Ceremonies contact Valerie Willard at 504.310.2590.