The Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will present the Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor of Law Lecture on February 4 at the LSU Law Center. The lecture, “A Dream Realized or a Dream Deferred: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium.
The Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor of Law Program provides funds to bring outstanding legal scholars to the LSU Law Center. Judge Rubin served as United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Cirtcuit Court of Appeals and was a former United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was valedictorian of his law school class, graduated The Order of the Coif, and served as editor of the Louisiana Law Review. He was an adjunct professor at LSU Law Center for 43 consecutive years.
Chief Judge Stewart received his B.A. degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Dillard University in 1971 and his J.D. 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, he served as a Staff Attorney with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Assistant United States Attorney, Special Assistant City and District Attorney, and private practitioner. In 1985, he was elected as a District Judge for the First Judicial District Court of Caddo Parish and was reelected without opposition six years later. In 1991, again without opposition, he was elected to the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. President William J. Clinton nominated Judge Stewart to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 28, 1994. Following unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, Judge Stewart was sworn in as a member of the Fifth Circuit on May 9, 1994. He became the first African-American Chief Judge on the Fifth Circuit on October 1, 2012.
Chief Judge Stewart is a charter member of the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of American Inns of Court in Shreveport and serves as President of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He is a member of the American, National, Federal, Louisiana and Shreveport Bar Associations, and the Federal Judges Association. He is a past chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Chief Judge Stewart is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee, the National Bar Association Judicial Council, Louis Westerfield Legal Society and the Just the Beginning Foundation of African-American Federal Judges. Chief Judge Stewart serves on the Centenary College Board of Trustees and holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, Mississippi College School of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and Suffolk University Law School.
For his civic and community involvement, Chief Judge Stewart has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently, the Shreveport African-American Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Herschel Brown Civil Rights Award. The Louisiana Bar Foundation recognized him as the 2013 Jurist of the Year.
An active member of the Boy Scouts of America, Chief Judge Stewart’s affiliations include Norwela Council Executive Board, Southern Region Board, and Areas 2 and 3 Membership Impact Chair. He is the recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Silver Buffalo Awards for volunteer services to scouting at the local, regional and national levels.
Chief Judge Stewart is the author of numerous publications, including: “Contemporary Challenges to Judicial Independence,” Loyola Law Review, Loyola University School of Law, 1997; “Balancing Professionalism, Ethics Quality of Life and the Successful Practice of Law”, The Southwestern Legal Foundation, Proceedings of the Forty-Fifth Annual Institute on Labor Law Developments, 1999; and “Abuse of Power & Judicial Misconduct: A Reflection on Contemporary Ethical Issues Facing Judges,” The University of St. Thomas Law Journal, The University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2003.
Chief Judge Stewart is married to the former Jo Ann Southall and is the father of three children: Carl Jr., Karelia, and Kyle. He is the proud grandfather of three grandchildren: Karlie, and twins, Carson and Chloe’.