Loyola University College of Law hosted a sitting of the Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, September 6th. The court heard oral arguments in two cases, State of Louisiana vs. Jeffrey Clark, and Richard J. Borja vs. FARA, St. Bernard Parish Government. Students had the opportunity to see the court hear arguments in both a civil and criminal case. The seven justices held proceedings at Loyola as part of an ongoing effort by the Court to educate and inform students and the general public about the work of the Supreme Court. “For over 20 years, holding court in venues other than the Supreme Court courthouse has been a tradition of the Court and is customarily known as ‘riding the circuit.’ The goal of riding the circuit is to provide students with a snapshot of the variety and complexity of the Court’s caseload by bringing the court to them,” Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson said.
Before transportation made it possible to travel easily to New Orleans, the Louisiana Supreme Court was constitutionally required to “ride the circuit” to ensure citizens statewide would have access to justice. The day also marked the last time Associate Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll rode the circuit at her Loyola alma mater, as she will retire at the end of the year.
College of Law Dean Rev. Lawrence W. Moore, S.J. said it was “a bittersweet moment to realize that our distinguished Loyola alumna, Justice Knoll, will be soon ending her service on the Court.” Following oral arguments, a reception was held in her honor with students, faculty, and officers of the court.