Changing the Louisiana Judiciary Forever

SULC continues commemoration of 30th anniversary of Clark and Chisom cases Across Louisiana’s judicial system sit 82 elected Black judges—the highest number per capita for any state in the United States—thanks to a series of legal battles that opened the way for more diverse judges to be elected statewide. In 1986, plaintiffs Janice Clark and Ron … Continue reading

Johnson prevails to become first black chief justice

Amid push back by Gov. Jindal, other justices, court rules NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court resolved a racially-tinged power struggle inside its own ranks, ruling today that Bernette Johnson should be the state’s first Black chief justice. The court said its ruling was based strictly on the law. “Although commentators have loudly … Continue reading