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.

Upcoming Programs:


The New Orleans Bar Association Commemorates the New Orleans Tricentennial

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: The Cabildo | 701 Chartres Street, New Orleans


  1. Call the NOBA office at 525-7453
  2. Email Briana Nelms

Recent Programs:

JANUARY 24, 2018

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.”

FEBRUARY 21, 2018

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

CLE: 1 hour of CLE credit

MARCH 21, 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. 



The Honorable Keva M. Landrum-Johnson, Orleans Criminal District Court
Flozell Daniels, Jr., President & CEO of Foundation for Louisiana
Judy Perry Martinez, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP
Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., Entergy (Former U.S. Attorney)

Alanah Odoms Hebert, Louisiana Supreme Court

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

USDC, EDLA | Courtroom of Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle
500 Poydras Street, Room C501, New Orleans, LA 70130

$25 (includes lunch)

*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.

1 hour of CLE credit

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

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.)

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

Cost: Free to attend

To Register: Email Ilijana Todorovic or call the NOBA office at 504-545-7453.

Seating for the event is extremely limited. Please RSVP to ensure your reservation.