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Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Presents Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart for the Judge Robert A. Ainsworth Jr. Memorial Lecture Series

Loyola press release - March 28, 2017

The Hon. Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart visits Loyola University New Orleans College of Law this week to deliver a lecture on diversity jurisdiction. The Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, who is a law alumnus, will deliver “Diversity Jurisdiction: A Storied Past, A Flexible Future” as part of Loyola College of Law’s Judge Robert A. Ainsworth Jr. Memorial Lecture Series. The talk begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Room 308 at the Loyola College of Law, Broadway campus, located at 526 Pine St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Diversity jurisdiction is a form of subject matter jurisdiction in which a United States district court in the federal judiciary has the power to hear a civil case in which the persons who are parties are diverse in citizenship, meaning the parties involved are citizens of different states or non-U.S. citizens.

“Diversity jurisdiction is one of the major bases for a federal court exercising subject matter jurisdiction over a case,” said Dr. Markus Puder, Loyola’s Honorable Herbert W. Christenberry Distinguished Professor of Law. “Being afforded such a unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and insights from Chief Judge Stewart over a topic that is highly relevant to practitioners, academicians and our students is an honor and a privilege for the Loyola College of Law.”

Chief Judge Stewart received his bachelor’s degree from Dillard University in 1971 and his juris doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1974. Immediately following admission to the Louisiana Bar Association in October 1974, he entered the United States Army and served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps until October 1977.

Following his service as a military lawyer, Stewart served as a staff attorney with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, an assistant United States attorney, a special assistant city and district attorney, and a private practitioner. In 1985, he was elected as a district judge for the First Judicial District Court of Caddo Parish, Louisiana and was relected without opposition six years later. In 1991, again without opposition, he was elected to the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal.

On May 9, 1994, he was appointed by President William J. Clinton to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana and is located in New Orleans. On Oct. 1, 2012, Chief Judge Stewart became the first African-American chief judge on the Fifth Circuit.

The late Hon. Robert A. Ainsworth Jr. was a graduate of Loyola’s law school. Friends and admirers of Judge Ainsworth endowed a lecture series inviting distinguished speakers to appear at the College of Law. Ainsworth served as a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.