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Life of Supreme Court Justice Edward Douglas White portrayed by local legal notables

Loyola press release - January 22, 2009

The Institute for Continuing Legal Education at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents “Father Chief Justice: E.D. White and the Constitution,” a staged reading, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Doors open at 5:45.

The play, by Paul R. Baier, portrays the life of Edward Douglass White, born in Bayou Lafourche, La. White went on to become a United States senator, associate justice and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1910 - 1921.

White will be played by four different people, retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr., retired Justice Harry T. Lemmon, Harry S. Hardin III and Professor James D. Hardy Jr. of the Louisiana State University History Department. White’s life will be played through scenes that invite you into his boyhood home to climb its “staircase to the Supreme Court,” and to hear the story of Chief Justice White and his enemy in arms, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who later became a colleague on the Supreme Court.

Other performers include U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, attorney Harvey Koch, Fifth Circuit Judge Fredericka Wicker, First Circuit Judge Robert Downing, Donald Hoffman, Garland Rolling, Andrew A. Lemmon, professors Olivier Moreteau, James R. West and Paul R. Baier, professor of law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.

Admission is free to Loyola faculty, staff and students, $25 general admission or $60 for those seeking 2.5 CLE credit hours. Seating is limited. Advance registration is available at www.law.loyno.edu/cle. For more information, call the CLE office at (504) 861-5441 or (866) 250-8617.

The purpose of The Institute for Continuing Legal Education is to keep practitioners abreast of new legal developments and trends in the legal community. The institute works to improve lawyer understanding of ethical and professional responsibilities encountered in the practice of law.

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