About the Society

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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

“The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction” –  April 16, 2024

The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical and the Law Library of Louisiana co-sponsored a CLE entitled The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction, held at the Historic New Orleans Collection on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. In this …

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A.P. Tureaud American Inn of Court End-of-Year Ethics and Professionalism CLE for a Cause – December 13, 2022

SCLAHS once again co-sponsored with the A.P. Tureaud American Inn of Court and the Law Library of Louisiana the annual end-of-the year CLE for a Cause, back again in-person, which included 1.0 hour each of continuing legal education in Ethics …

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A Lie Will Suffice: A Family’s Criminal Law History (1921-1935)

On Monday, November 7, 2022, the Law Library of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society sponsored a free CLE presented by retired federal magistrate judge Jay Wilkinson. Judge Wilkinson’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother emigrated from Sicily to New Orleans …

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