FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (2/16/04)
Contact: Valerie Willard, Louisiana Supreme Court, 504-599-0319, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120 email@example.com
Supreme Court to Hear Six Pending Cases
During March 1 Public Session at Centenary College
SHREVEPORT, LA – Centenary College will be the site March 1 when
the Louisiana Supreme Court holds court in Shreveport as part of an ongoing
effort to educate and inform students and the general public about the
work of the Court. The Court will convene for sessions beginning at 9:30
a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse theatre auditorium. It
will hear oral arguments on six pending cases.
The sessions will be open to groups of Caddo and Bossier Parish high
school students, Centenary faculty and students, and to the public on
a space-available basis. Plans are in the works to offer closed circuit
viewing at another location on campus if the audience exceeds the seating
available in the theatre.
Justice Jeff Victory of Shreveport, who is an alumnus of Centenary,
and President Kenneth L. Schwab jointly announced the convening of the
Court at Centenary. “We are pleased and honored that the state Supreme
Court will hold sessions at Centenary,” Schwab said. “The
last time the Court sat in Shreveport was in 1987 when another Centenary
alumnus, the late John Dixon, was chief justice. This traveling program
allows our students and our local citizens an opportunity they wouldn’t
otherwise have – to view our state’s highest court at work.”
Justice Victory said, “For several years, the Supreme Court has
been periodically holding court in parishes other than Orleans Parish,
where the Court is located. The goal is to provide area citizens with
a snapshot of the volume, variety and complexity of the Court’s
caseload by bringing the Louisiana Supreme Court to them.”
Following the afternoon session, the Shreveport Bar Association will
host a reception for the justices and their staff, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
at the Cambridge Club.
Justice Victory, who has served in all levels of the Louisiana judiciary,
joined the Louisiana Supreme Court on Jan. 1, 1995. Before that, he was
elected to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal, serving there beginning in
1991. He also formerly served in the 1st Judicial District Court of Caddo
Parish for nine years.
A native of Shreveport, Justice Victory earned a B.A. degree in history
and government from Centenary in 1967 and his juris doctorate from Tulane
University Law School in 1971. He chairs of the Board of Governors of
the Louisiana Judicial College, which provides continuing judicial education
to all state judges. In addition, he serves on the state Supreme Court's
Internal Audit Committee and lectures regularly about ethics issues.
For further information about the Louisiana Supreme Court visit to Centenary,
or http://www.centenary.edu .
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