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Ray
New Orleans, Louisiana, Earth
Civil appellate lawyer
Interests: Blues
Recent Activity
Two days ago, oral arguments at the U.S. Fifth Circuit scheduled for April 27–30 were still a go. Today, they became a no-go with this announcement on the court’s home page: The Court previously canceled in person oral arguments for March 30-April 2, 2020. Additionally, the Court has canceled in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
As I reported 10 days ago, the U.S. Fifth Circuit is considering the possibility of holding oral argument of some cases by telephone. Depending on how long the COVID-19 emergency lasts, Louisiana appellate courts may consider doing the same. With that possibility in mind, here are some tips for advocates... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Today the Louisiana Third Circuit issued a notice about its current operations during the COVID-19 emergency. To download a copy of the notice, follow this link. Here are some highlights: Although the Third Circuit courthouse is closed, the Third Circuit is continuing to conduct business, with most of its personnel... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
For appellate lawyers looking for a diversion from the COVID-19 emergency, here is an article that bucks some of the conventional wisdom on appellate practice: Inputs and Outputs on Appeal: An Empirical Study of Briefs, Big Law, and Case Complexity, by professors Adam M. Samaha, Michael Heise, and Gregory C.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The U.S. Fifth Circuit’s home page has this new announcement: The oral arguments for next week remain cancelled. At this time, the oral arguments scheduled for April 27 to April 30 will continue as scheduled. Counsel will be notified if the court determines it necessary to make alternate arrangements for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The Louisiana Second Circuit has issued a supplemental order, signed yesterday, responding to the COVID-19 emergency. To download a copy of the March 23 order, follow this link. This order supplements the provisions and restrictions in the court’s prior orders of March 13, three order of March 15 (governing fax... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The Louisiana Fifth Circuit has published a handy one-page flyer answering people’s most common questions about practice and procedure in the current COVID-19 environment. To download a PDF copy of the flyer, follow this link. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
A quick check of the Louisiana Second Circuit’s web site turned up two announcements on the court’s home page: Opinions will be rendered on April 22nd, 2020 (instead of April 8th, 2020) Rehearings will be Thursday, May 14th, 2020 Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Today the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order to all Louisiana courts to take concrete steps toward reducing the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. To download a copy of today’s order, follow this link. Under today’s order, Louisiana courts must do the following things (among others): "take immediate measures... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Yesterday, the Louisiana First Circuit announced this order closing the court: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit, IS CLOSED and shall remain closed through Monday, April 13, 2020, unless extended by further order. This closure shall not affect this Court's administration of emergency matters.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Last Friday, March 20, I posted about the Louisiana Supreme Court’s order extending deadlines in its own cases. Today I caught up to a second order by the Louisiana Supreme Court on March 20. This order continues trials in all other Louisiana courts and partially supersedes the Court’s March 16... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Today the Louisiana First Circuit posted this announcement on its web site: EMERGENCY ORDER Acting in accordance with Louisiana Constitution Article V, Section 1, the inherent power of this Court, and considering Proclamation Number JBE 2020-30, the Louisiana Supreme Court Order of March 20, 2020, and the conditions associated with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Today the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order extending deadlines in that court. According to the order, all filings otherwise due between March 12 through April 13, 2020 will be deemed timely if filed by April 14, 2020. Parties who, because of the COVID-19 emergency, are unable to meet the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Like other courts nationwide, the Supreme Court of the United States’ building is now closed to the general public. The building is, however, open for official business. Yesterday, the Court issued an order giving litigants relief from some deadlines. In a nutshell, the order does two things: It extends the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The Louisiana Supreme Court has a web page collecting all the COVID-19-related orders from all Louisiana courts. To get there, follow this link. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The U.S. Fifth Circuit has posted a general order responding to the COVID-19 emergency. To download a copy, follow this link. Here are the highlights: The order confirms cancellation of in-person oral arguments that were set for March 30 to April 2, 2020 in New Orleans. The John Minor Wisdom... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The Louisiana Third Circuit has announced two orders related to the COVID-19 emergency, both signed yesterday by the chief judge. The orders do a number of things: All oral arguments “currently scheduled to take place through April 30, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are to have their matters submitted on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
The Louisiana Second Circuit just issued an order responding to the COVID-19 emergency. Today’s order decrees a legal holiday for the court ending April 13, 2020. Any filings otherwise due during this holiday are due by April 20, seven days after the legal holiday ends. Today’s order also decrees “that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Today the Louisiana Fourth Circuit issued an order responding to the COVID-19 emergency and superseding the court’s March 16 order (see this prior blog post). Like the March 16 order, today’s order continues without date all oral arguments scheduled through April 30, requires all filings with the court to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Yesterday, the Louisiana Fifth Circuit issued an order closing the court until April 6, 2020, “unless conditions warrant an earlier or later reopening date.” The court will continue to receive and process electronic filings and filings by mail “as circumstances allow,” but will not accept any in-person filings. The order... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Yesterday, the Louisiana First Circuit posted an order on its web site extending all deadlines from March 16 through April 13 to April 13. To read the announcement of this order, follow this link. To download the order itself, follow this link. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Yesterday the Louisiana Fourth Circuit issued an order responding to the COVID-19 emergency. To download a copy, follow this link. The order does three things: It continues, without date, all oral arguments that had been set through April 30, 2020. Parties to those cases may notify the court if they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation that (among many other things) suspends all legal deadlines under the Civil Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Code of Criminal Procedure, Children's Code, and the Revised Statutes. It further suspends “all other deadlines in legal proceedings in all courts, administrative agencies, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
For a collection of all posts related to COVID-19, follow this link. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals
Today the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order affecting proceedings in all Louisiana courts. In a nutshell, the order continues all trials and hearing set for March 2020, with some exceptions for matters that can’t wait. To read the Court’s announcement, follow this link. To download the order itself, follow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Louisiana Civil Appeals