About the Society


The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which was incorporated in the State of Louisiana in 1992.  The Society is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of Louisiana and its decisions for the purpose of increasing public awareness of the Court’s contribution to Louisiana’s rich legal heritage.

Member contributions have allowed The Historical Society to open the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum, to restore and reopen the stunning Supreme Court building at 400 Royal Street, and to restore dozens of portraits of Louisiana Judges of historical significance. Membership is open to the public, as is the museum.



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Fun Facts

Louisiana Supreme Court Justices who were also State Governors

  • Pierre Auguste Bourguignon Derbigny – 1828-1829 (Whig; National Republican)
  • Francis T. Nicholls – 1877-1880, 1888-1892 (Democrat)
  • Samuel Douglas McEnery – 1881-1888 (Democrat)
  • Newton C. Blanchard – 1904-1908 (Democrat)
  • Robert F. Kennon – 1952-1956 (Democrat)

(Dates are terms of governorship)


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News and Events


“State v. Homer Adolph Plessy: 125 Years Ago in New Orleans”

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Law Library of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society, along with the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation, the A. P. Tureaud American Inns of Court, and the New Orleans Bar Association, co-sponsored “State …

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New Edition of Speeches by SCLAHS Secretary Professor Paul R. Baier

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is proud to announce publication of Speeches 2017 by its first Scholar in Residence, Paul R. Baier, Judge Henry A. Politz Professor of Law, LSU Law Center.  The book includes speeches delivered since the 2014 publication, …

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SCLAHS Mourns The Passing Of Legendary Legal Scholar Louis V. de la Vergne

Louis V. de la Vergne, loyal Member of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017, in New Orleans following a brief illness. SCLAHS President Donna D. Fraiche, on behalf of its Board, expressed …

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