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Job Opening – Law Clerk Position

Job Opening – Law Clerk Position

Judge LaDart is in need of a law clerk. His requirements are that the applicant be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana.

Judge LaDart would like for the applicants to send their resume to us at the following address:

Ms. Sue Hano

c/o Judge Ross P. LaDart

24th Judicial District Court

200 Derbigny Street, Division O

5th Floor

Gretna, Louisiana 70053

This position will be available in the next few weeks, therefore, resumes are needed as soon as possible.

Call or e-mail for more information:

Susan N. Hano

Administrative Assistant

Judge Ross P. LaDart

24th Judicial District Court, Division “O”

(504) 364-3945

(504) 364-2665

Recent News

NBA Region V Music Festivalooza

Region V of the National Bar Association is sponsoring a CLE during Essence Festival focusing on entertainment law, particularly the music business. Plase continue to visit our website for further details.

Job Opening

Staff Attorney Position of U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Open until filled Salary range $51,972 to $74,074 depending upon education and relevant work experience. Applicant must be U.S. citizen, graduate of an accredited law school, have a strong academic background, and possess high proficiency and skills in legal research and writing with law review or equivalent legal research experience. Prior federal court experience is preferred. Send current resume, law school transcript, and unedited writing sample (preferably fewer than 15 pages) to: Susie Buckel, Personnel Officer Staff Attorneys’ Office U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 600 S. Maestri Place New Orleans, LA 70130


Two positions of Assistant Indigent Defender (Division A and Division B) for the 17th Judicial District. Starting salary $35,000-$40,000 depending upon experience Must be licensed to practice in Louisiana. May maintain a private practice as long as does not interfere with Indigent Defender duties. Please submit resumes by December 29, 2006 to: Seventeenth Judicial District Indigent Defender’s Office, P.O. Box 52, Thibodaux, LA 70302. Interview will be on January 9, 2007 at 5:00 pm at 206 Green Street, Suite 106, Thibodaux, LA.

Court Consolidation Information from the CDC Judges

The Civil District Court judges have called for a study concerning the court consolidation proposal before the legislature takes action to revamp the Orleans Parish judiciary. Attached is the Court Crier disseminated by the Civil District Court, which contains the Civil District Court judges’ position on the court consolidation proposal.

Our Members

Board of Directors
Sharonda R. Williams
Sharonda R. Williams  President

Sharrolyn Jackson Miles
Vice President

Sharrolyn Jackson Miles  Vice President

Brandon Davis

Brandon Davis  Treasurer

April McQuillar
Recording Secretary
April McQuillar  Recording Secretary

Inemesit O’Boyle
Corresponding Secretary

Inemesit O'Boyle  Corresponding Secretary

Cherrell Simms
Cherrell Simms  President-Elect

Making Moves

Two Prominent African American Attorneys, Wayne Lee and Kim Boyle, Among City Business Honorees

Wayne Lee and Kim Boyle honored by City Business as being among the top 50 New Orleans attorneys

City Business recently announced the 50 honorees for its second annual “Leadership in Law” awards ceremony and luncheon held April 28, 2006. Two very prominent African American attorneys who have made significant contributions of time and effort to Martinet were among the honorees: Wayne Lee and Kim Boyle. The attorney honorees were selected based upon success in their practices, contributions to the community and impact on the legal community.

Dana M. Douglas

Dana M. Douglas, an associate in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis, PLC has been named to the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute. She was appointed as a designee of the president of the state chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Society.

Kelly Legier

Kelly McNeil Legier, ex officio past president of Martinet, recently began practicing as a staff attorney for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before practicing with the court, she practiced in the area of employment law and commercial litigation with Proskauer Rose, LLP (a New York based firm) and Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (a Kansas City-based firm). She also clerked for Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of La.) and Judge Carl E. Stewart (U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals).

Jefferson & Jefferson, PLLC

Jamila E. Jefferson and Jalila Jefferson-Bullock announce the opening of Jefferson & Jefferson, PLLC located at 700 Camp Street, Suite 415 in New Orleans. Jefferson & Jefferson is engaged in a broad civil practice with areas of special emphasis. Included among its specialty areas are general business counsel and advice, business transactions, real estate and insurance matters, and civil and commercial litigation.

Chauntis T. Jenkins

Martinet Member Chauntis T. Jenkins of Porteous Hainkel & Johnson has been very busy. In the year 2005-2006, she was appointed to the Council of Louisiana State Law Institute as an Observer for LSBA Young Lawyers Section and to the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association Board of Directors. In the American Bar Association (ABA), she has been appointed as the Diversity Director of ABA Young Lawyers Division and will serve as one of the Vice-Chairs of the Automobile Law Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the ABA.

Janika D. Polk

Abbott, Simses & Kuchler, A.P.L.C. announces that Janika D. Polk has been promoted to shareholder in its New Orleans Office.

Hurricane Litigation Pilot Program

The Judges of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, First and Second City Court are pleased to announce the start of its Hurricane Litigation Pilot Program. The Judges have created this pilot program in an effort to expedite all Hurricane Katrina and Rita insurance lawsuits. This pilot program will allow plaintiffs to resolve their insurance related disputes within six to eight months after filing their petitions. Such cases can normally take years to reach resolution!

Orleans Civil Court Judge Nadine Ramsey, who chairs the Hurricane Litigation Pilot Program committee, explains the Judges of the Court developed the program in order to better serve the public in the wake of the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Judge Ramsey says, “The Court recognizes the hardships the citizens of New Orleans have been through as the result of the hurricanes. In an effort to bring an accelerated resolution to hurricane related insurance litigation the Judges of the Court have committed to moving these cases expeditiously so that the citizens of this city can reach a definitive resolution to their insurance claims in a timely fashion. The Court believes that this program will be beneficial to all parties involved in these matters.” Judge Ramsey says as a further convenience case management order forms and local rules are available for downloading from the Civil Court website,

Our Mission

To encourage interchange of ideas, promote legal scholarship, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the administration of justice, uphold the order and ethics of the courts and the profession of law and promote the welfare of the legal profession in Louisiana.

“What have I to gain in fighting this battle? Like you, I have asked myself this question a thousand times… Certainly, I gain nothing, but rather spend time, labor and money in it. There is no doubt, that if I turned my attention to, or put my energies in, professional or some private pursuits, I would get along much better in this world. Yes, why do I do this? I want no political influence, no prestige, no office. Why do I do this? Like you, I believe I do it because I am built this way.”

-Louis Andre’ Martinet

Our History

On May 13, 1957, the Time Picayune printed an article announcing the organization of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of Louisiana. The founders were: Earl J. Amedee, Israel M. Augustine, Louis Berry, Lionel Collins, Robert F. Collins, Nils R. Douglas, Lolis E. Elie, Norman C. Francis, Benjamin J. Johnson, Alvin Jones, Vance B. LaCour, Ernest N. Morial, Revius O. Ortique, Jr., J. T. Powell, James smith, A. P. Tureaud, Freddie Warren and Lawrence Wheeler. According to the article, A. P. Tureaud was elected president of the statewide and the local New Orleans Chapter. Other state officers included Earl J. Amedee, Financial Secretary; Vanue B. Lacour (Baton Rouge), Corresponding secretary; and J. T. Powell (Shreveport), Treasurer. The local officers included Amedee, Secretary and Benjamin J. Johnson, Treasurer.

The Society’s objectives were to encourage interchange of ideas, promote legal scholarship, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the administration of justice, uphold the order and ethics of the courts and the profession of law and promote the welfare of the legal profession in Louisiana.

The Society is named after Louis Andre Martinet, who was the first Black graduate of Straight University Law School in 1876. In addition, he was an editor, doctor and teacher. In 1891, he organized the Citizen’s Committee to offer legal resistance to the Separate Car Law of Louisiana, which led to his role as a key strategist in the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Because Martinet was not admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, he selected S. F. Phillips and A. W. Tourgee to serve as attorneys of record. Additionally, under the leadership of Martinet and R. L. Desdunes, various Black attorneys mobilized the community efforts, shaped the case and edited a key document in the appellate process.

Other Black attorneys practicing in Louisiana during Martinet’s era included: C. Clay Morgan, Louis A. Bell, Thomas Morris Chester, Eugene Luscy, R. L. Desdunes, Robert Brown Elliott, Thomas de Saille Tucker, Pinckney Benton, Steward Pinchback, John Francis Patty, Rene C. Metoyer, Joseph A. Thornton, James Madison Vance, Jr., James Vance Lewis, James Madison Pierce, Charles Robertson and Frank B. Smith.

Today, there are over 600 African American attorneys, judges and other elected officials in the Greater New Orleans area. The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Civil District Court Building.

Our Foundation

New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation, Inc.
New Orleans

“Promoting justice and equality in our community through leadership and educational programming.”

In 1998, the New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation was incorporated as the 501(c)(3) arm of the organization. Through the Foundation, Martinet awards scholarships to law school students and participates or sponsors other community projects.

Community Projects

In an effort to promote and enhance the lives of deserving law students, the New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation, in conjunction with the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, have awarded scholarships to students from Louisiana State Law School, Loyola University Law School, Southern University Law School, and Tulane Law School since 1982. The organization is proud to have provided financial assistance to law school students who pursue their legal education in our community.

Law School for High School Students
Students operate in a law school environment that gives them the opportunity to work on their analytical, research, writing and oratory skills. The program will track students through high school, college and, hopefully, their law school education.

Legal Fairs
One of the oldest community projects through Martinet, the members participate in community fairs that provide citizens with information about the workings of the legal system, and most importantly the rights and responsibilities each person has within that system.

Martin Luther King Oratory Contest
An initiative of the National Bar Association, the MLK Oratory Contest is open to graduating high school seniors. Participants are judged on their writing and oral advocacy skills. Local winners advance to the regional competition (LA, TX, and MS) where they compete for the chance to participate in the national competition held at the NBA’s annual convention. Contestants compete for the opportunity to win savings bonds and scholarships.

Video Documentary
The New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation is currently producing a historical documentary chronicling the life of Louis A. Martinet and the history of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. The video will be used to educate the community about the role of African American lawyers in the history of New Orleans.

Speaker’s Bureau
Members of the Foundation are available to speak at schools (middle school and above) or community forums about various legal issues and the practice of law as a career. Arrangements may be made by placing a call or sending a fax to the numbers listed.

New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 56696
New Orleans, Louisiana 70156-6696
Telephone: (504) 599-8280
Facsimile: (504) 599-8289