Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

On June 19, 2014, the Clerk issued a Notice of Proposed Amendments to Rules 47.5, 67.1, and 67.2 of Local Civil Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and a Notice of Proposed Amendment to the Local Criminal Rules for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, adding Local Criminal Rule 23.2. The Notice required all comments to be made in writing by July 19, 2014. A request was made for an extension of 30 thirty days to submit comments. The Court en banc having considered the request for an extension of the comment period, has ordered that the comment period for the proposed changes to the Local Civil Rules and Local Criminal Rules is extended until August 18, 2014.

All comments must be submitted in writing and all written comments must be transmitted by e-mail to or U.S. Mail to Clerk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 500 Poydras St. Room C-151, New Orleans, LA 70130.

The Order and Amended Notices may be found on the Court’s website



The following awards will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on August 28, 2014.  We hope you will join us in congratulating and thanking the award recipients and their families for their dedication.

President’s Award:  Kara Van de Carr, Executive Director of Eden House
This award was conceived in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Its purpose is to recognize a lawyer for contributions to community leadership outside the practice of law.

John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award: Wayne J. Lee, Member at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC
This award is named in honor of the late John R. “Jack” Martzell.  It recognizes an attorney who best exemplifies outstanding professionalism in the practice of law.
Camille F. Gravel, Jr. Public Service Award:  Mark Moreau, Co-Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (posthumously)
This award is named in honor of the late Camille Gravel, a veteran trial attorney and a champion in the battle for civil rights and equal justice irrespective of financial means.  The Camille Gravel Award recognizes an attorney who has done substantial pro bono legal work in keeping with the spirit and values exemplified by Mr. Gravel.