|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
|Appeals to||Fifth Circuit|
|Established||March 3, 1849|
|Chief judge||Sarah S. Vance|
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (in case citations, E.D. La.) is a federal trial court based in New Orleans. Like all U.S. district courts, the court has original jurisdiction over civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws, and treaties of the United States; certain civil actions between citizens of different states; civil actions within the admiralty or maritime jurisdiction of the United States; criminal prosecutions brought by the United States; and many other types of cases and controversies. It also has appellate jurisdiction over a very limited class of judgments, orders, and decrees.
Appeals from the Eastern District of Louisiana are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
This district comprises the following parishes: Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.
On March 26, 1804, Congress organized the Territory of Orleans and created the United States District Court for the District of Orleans — the only time Congress provided a territory with a district court equal in its authority and jurisdiction to those of the states. The United States District Court for the District of Louisiana was established on April 8, 1812, by 2 Stat. 701, several weeks before Louisiana was formally admitted as a state of the union. The District was thereafter subdivided and reformed several times. It was first subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on March 3, 1823, by 3 Stat. 774.
On February 13, 1845, Louisiana was reorganized into a single District with one judgeship, by 5 Stat. 722, but was again divided into Eastern and the Western Districts on March 3, 1849, by 9 Stat. 401. Congress again abolished the Western District of Louisiana and reorganized Louisiana as a single judicial district on July 27, 1866, by 14 Stat. 300. On March 3, 1881, by 21 Stat. 507, Louisiana was for a third time divided into Eastern and the Western Districts, with one judgeship authorized for each. The Middle District was formed from portions of those two Districts on December 18, 1971, by 85 Stat. 741.
Current judges 
The court has twelve authorized judgeships. The Hon. Sarah Vance has been Chief Judge since 2008. In addition to the active district judges, the court currently has six senior district judges and six magistrate judges. Jim Letten, the United States Attorney for the district, represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation before the court.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|43||Chief Judge||Sarah Vance||New Orleans||1950||1994–present||2008–present||—||Clinton|
|38||District Judge||Martin Leach-Cross Feldman||New Orleans||1934||1983–present||—||—||Reagan|
|41||District Judge||Helen Ginger Berrigan||New Orleans||1948||1994–present||2001–2008||—||Clinton|
|46||District Judge||Eldon Fallon||New Orleans||1939||1995–present||—||—||Clinton|
|48||District Judge||Ivan Lemelle||New Orleans||1950||1998–present||—||—||Clinton|
|49||District Judge||Carl Barbier||New Orleans||1944||1998–present||—||—||Clinton|
|50||District Judge||Kurt Engelhardt||New Orleans||1960||2001–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|51||District Judge||Jay Zainey||New Orleans||1951||2002–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|52||District Judge||Lance Africk||New Orleans||1951||2002–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|53||District Judge||Nannette Jolivette Brown||New Orleans||1963||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|54||District Judge||Jane Margaret Triche-Milazzo||New Orleans||1957||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|55||District Judge||Susie Morgan||New Orleans||1953||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|20||Senior District Judge||Frederick Jacob Reagan Heebe||(inactive)||1922||1966–1992||1972–1992||1992–present||L. Johnson|
|35||Senior District Judge||Peter Hill Beer||New Orleans||1928||1979–1994||(none)||1994–present||Carter|
|36||Senior District Judge||A.J. McNamara||New Orleans||1936||1982–2001||1999–2001||2001–present||Reagan|
|42||Senior District Judge||Stanwood Duval||New Orleans||1942||1994–2008||(none)||2008–present||Clinton|
|47||Senior District Judge||Mary Ann Lemmon||New Orleans||1941||1996–2011||(none)||2011–present||Clinton|
Former judges 
|#||Judge||State||Born/Died||Active service||Term as Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|2||Thomas B. Robertson||LA||1779–1828||1824–1828||(none)||(none)||Monroe||death|
|3||Samuel Hadden Harper||LA||1783–1837||1829–1837||(none)||(none)||Jackson||death|
|4||Philip Kissick Lawrence||LA||unknown–1841||1837–1841||(none)||(none)||Van Buren||death|
|5||Theodore Howard McCaleb||LA||1810–1864||1841–1861||(none)||(none)||Tyler||resignation|
|6||Edward Henry Durell||LA||1810–1887||1863–1866||(none)||(none)||Lincoln||reassignment to D. La.|
|7||Edward Coke Billings||LA||1829–1893||1876–1893||(none)||(none)||Grant||death|
|9||Eugene Davis Saunders||LA||1853–1914||1907–1909||(none)||(none)||T. Roosevelt||resignation|
|10||Rufus Edward Foster||LA||1871–1942||1909–1925||(none)||(none)||T. Roosevelt||appointment to 5th Cir.|
|11||Charlton Reid Beattie||LA||1869–1925||1925||(none)||(none)||Coolidge||death|
|12||Louis Henry Burns||LA||1878–1928||1925–1928||(none)||(none)||Coolidge||death|
|13||Wayne G. Borah||LA||1891–1966||1928–1949||(none)||(none)||Coolidge||appointment to 5th Cir.|
|14||Adrian Joseph Caillouet||LA||1883–1946||1940–1946||(none)||(none)||F. Roosevelt||death|
|15||Herbert William Christenberry||LA||1897–1975||1947–1975||1949–1967||(none)||Truman||death|
|16||J. Skelly Wright||LA||1911–1988||1949–1962||(none)||(none)||Truman||appointment to D.C. Cir.|
|17||Elmer Gordon West||LA||1914–1992||1961–1972||1967–1972||(none)||Kennedy||reassignment to M.D. La.|
|18||Robert Andrew Ainsworth, Jr.||LA||1910–1981||1961–1966||(none)||(none)||Kennedy||appointment to 5th Cir.|
|19||Frank Burton Ellis||LA||1907–1969||1962–1965||(none)||1965–1969||Kennedy||death|
|21||Edward James Boyle Sr.||LA||1913–2002||1966–1981||(none)||1981–2002||L. Johnson||death|
|22||Fred James Cassibry||LA||1918–present||1966–1984||(none)||1984–1987||L. Johnson||retirement|
|23||Lansing Leroy Mitchell||LA||1914–2001||1966–1981||(none)||1981–2001||L. Johnson||death|
|24||Alvin Benjamin Rubin||LA||1920–1991||1966–1977||(none)||(none)||L. Johnson||appointment to 5th Cir.|
|25||James August Comiskey||LA||1926–2005||1967–1975||(none)||(none)||L. Johnson||resignation|
|26||Jack Murphy Gordon||LA||1931–1982||1971–1982||(none)||(none)||Nixon||death|
|27||Roger Blake West||LA||1928–1978||1971–1978||(none)||(none)||Nixon||death|
|29||Morey Leonard Sear||LA||1929–2004||1976–2000||1992–1999||2000–2004||Ford||death|
|30||Robert Frederick Collins||LA||1931–present||1978–1993||(none)||(none)||Carter||resignation|
|31||Adrian G. Duplantier||LA||1929–2007||1978–1994||(none)||1994–2007||Carter||death|
|32||George Arceneaux, Jr.||LA||1928–1993||1979–1993||(none)||(none)||Carter||death|
|33||Patrick Eugene Carr||LA||1922–1998||1979–1991||(none)||1991–1998||Carter||death|
|34||Veronica DiCarlo Wicker||LA||1930–1994||1979–1994||(none)||(none)||Carter||death|
|37||Henry Alvan Mentz Jr.||LA||1920–2005||1982–1992||(none)||1992–2001||Reagan||retirement|
|39||Marcel Livaudais, Jr.||LA||1925–2009||1984–1996||(none)||1996–2008||Reagan||retirement|
|40||Edith Brown Clement||LA||1948–present||1991–2001||2001||(none)||G.H.W. Bush||appointment to 5th Cir.|
|44||Okla Jones II||LA||1945–1996||1994–1996||(none)||(none)||Clinton||death|
|45||Thomas Porteous||LA||1946–present||1994–2010||(none)||(none)||Clinton||impeachment and conviction|
See also 
- Courts of Louisiana
- List of United States federal courthouses in Louisiana
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- 28 U.S.C. § 1331
- 28 U.S.C. § 1332
- 28 U.S.C. § 1333
- 18 U.S.C. § 3231
- Title 28, United States Code, Chapter 85
- Under 28 U.S.C. § 158(a)(1), for example, the U.S. district courts are authorized to hear appeals from final judgments, orders, and decrees of U.S. bankruptcy judges.
- 28 U.S.C. § 98(a)
- U.S. District Courts of Louisiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
- Dick was appointed to the District of Louisiana on March 2, 1821; when the District was subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts, he was reassigned to both by operation of law.
- From February 13, 1845 to March 3, 1849, the Eastern District of Louisiana was recombined with the Western to form a single District of Louisiana; McCaleb continued his service throughout this period as a judge of the District of Louisiana.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on February 8, 1864, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1864, and received commission on February 17, 1864.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950.
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