New Orleans Tricentennial

NOBA Celebrates 300 Years of New Orleans

Throughout the upcoming year, the New Orleans Bar Association will celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial with a variety of CLE programs and special events centered around our city's rich and unique history.



Tricentennial Retrospective Lunch with Legends, featuring Phoebe Ferguson, Keith Plessy & A.P. Tureaud, Jr.
Descendants of historical civil rights figures in New Orleans

Co-Sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter and the Greater New Orleans Chapter Louis A. Martinet Legal Society 


It is not often that we get a chance to be a part of a conversation with those who we know, in the moment, are a part of history. On February 21, 2018, the New Orleans Bar Association invites you to be a part of a discussion of New Orleans Civil Rights history which will feature: Phoebe Ferguson, Keith Plessy, and A.P. Tureaud, Jr.

Phoebe Ferguson and Keith Plessy will discuss how they transcended from Plessy v. Ferguson to Plessy and Ferguson, and the important work of the Plessy Ferguson Foundation. A.P. Tureaud, Jr., born three short years after the decision of Plessy v. Ferguson, will discuss the work of his father as the attorney for the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP during the Civil Rights Movement. With the assistance of Thurgood Marshall and others from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, A.P. Tureaud, Sr., filed the lawsuit that successfully ended segregation in New Orleans. Mr. Tureaud will also discuss his own story as the first person of color to attend LSU Undergraduate in 1953.  

Moderator: Kim M. Boyle, Tricentennial Committee Co-Chair

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 12 noon 

Location: The Sheraton Hotel | 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA, 70130

Cost: $60

To Register

  1. Pay online by clicking here.
  2. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  3. Email Hayley Landry.
  4. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130

Please note, reservations are considered pending until payment is received. Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less an administrative fee. No refunds for no shows.


MARCH 2018

Tricentennial CLE: The Nation’s Most Incarcerated State Changes Tide and Its Impact on the City of New Orleans in the 300th Year of its Founding​

Former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, Chairman of the Felony Class System Task Force, created by Senate Bill 220 of the Justice Reinvestment Act, will review the Task Force’s recommendations to streamline and categorize Louisiana’s approximately 600 felony offenses into a designated class system.  The panel members will discuss the historic package of criminal justice reform legislation passed during the 2017 session including: new felony sentencing laws, amendments to the habitual offender law, probation and parole changes, and other key pieces of the Justice Reinvestment Act. Panelists will also review the policy implications of these legislative changes. 

Flozell Daniels, Jr., President & CEO of Foundation for Louisiana
Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., Entergy (Former U.S. Attorney)
Judy Perry Martinez, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Location: USDC, EDLA | courtroom of Judge Carl Barbier



APRIL 2018

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, State of Louisiana Hears Oral Arguments at the Cabildo

In honor of the New Orleans Tricentennial commemoration, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, State of Louisiana will hold oral arguments at the Cabildo on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The judges of the Court will sit “en banc,” meaning that all twelve judges will hear the arguments presented in a matter pending before the Court.

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit began as the Court of Appeal for the Parish of Orleans, which was established by the Louisiana Constitution of 1879. The Court of Appeal for the Parish of Orleans was housed on the second floor of the Presbytère from 1880 until 1910. The Constitution provided for two judges on the Court of Appeal, and the first judges to serve on the Court were Frank McGloin and Walter Henry Rogers. The Court of Appeal for the Parish of Orleans became the Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit in 1960. 

The Court of Appeal is presently housed in the historic French Quarter.  The Court is comprised of: Chief Judge James F. McKay, III, Judge Terri F. Love, Judge Edwin A. Lombard, Judge Roland L. Belsome, Judge Daniel L. Dysart, Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano, Judge Rosemary Ledet, Judge Sandra C. Jenkins, Judge Regina Bartholomew Woods, Judge Paula A. Brown, Judge Tiffany G. Chase, and Judge Dennis R. Bagneris, Pro Tempore.

The Louisiana Supreme Court was housed at the Cabildo from 1853-1910. The Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit welcomes the opportunity to hold oral arguments in the former home of the state’s highest court and invites the public to participate in this unique Tricentennial event.


Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Location: The Cabildo | 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, 70116 


Seating capacity to attend the arguments is limited. Information on the registration process will be posted at a later date.




Tricentennial Celebration

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Location: The Cabildo | 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, 70116 



Recent Programs:

A Tricentennial Retrospective: The Unique Legacy of Louisiana Legal History CLE
featuring Dr. Vernon V. Palmer

Dr. Vernon Palmer of Tulane University Law School will offer a historical view of the influence of the Napoleonic Code on the Louisiana Civil Code and give audience members a look at the Spanish and French influences on Louisiana law.

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 4 - 5 pm

Location: USDC, EDLA, 5th floor | 500 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA, 70130

Cost: $25 for lawyers | Register online by clicking here
          Non-lawyers please contact NOBA at 504-525-7453 as limited seating is available.

Reception and Exhibit on the 2nd floor following the lecture




Tricentennial Exhibit
Jackson’s Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans

Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon chairs a committee devoted to preserving and presenting the vibrant history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The first phase of the project focuses on the Early Years of the Court and features an exhibit by attorney Mary Ann Wegmann titled, “Jackson’s Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans.”