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Case: U.S. v. Desoto Parish School Board

5:67-cv-12589 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Jan. 11, 1967

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On January 11, 1967, the U.S. Department of Justice brought this school desegregation case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The Department of Justice sued to enjoin the operation of a segregated school system in rural Desoto Parish, Louisiana. In its early stages, this case was litigated largely in consolidated hearings involving 29 parishes in the Western District of Louisiana. This case was originally heard by Judge Benjamin C. Dawkins Jr.The case was first st…

On January 11, 1967, the U.S. Department of Justice brought this school desegregation case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The Department of Justice sued to enjoin the operation of a segregated school system in rural Desoto Parish, Louisiana. In its early stages, this case was litigated largely in consolidated hearings involving 29 parishes in the Western District of Louisiana. This case was originally heard by Judge Benjamin C. Dawkins Jr.

The case was first stayed pending the Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ., 380 F.2d 385 (1967). On March 29, 1967 the Fifth Court decided Jefferson, ruling that school boards have an affirmative duty to bring about integrated, unitary school systems as opposed to merely providing an opportunity for Black students to attend all-White schools. The court's decision thus rejected some school boards' attempt to distinguish between “integration” and “desegregation.” For information on the Jefferson County case, see SD-AL-0001 in this Clearinghouse.

Subsequently, the District Court approved a "freedom of choice" desegregation plan, in which students could in theory select which school to attend but in reality resulted in very little demographic change. As a result, the plaintiffs appealed. However, in Green v. County School Board of New Kent County, the Supreme Court ruled that a freedom of choice plan in Virginia was constitutionally inadequate for the purposes of school desegregation. 391 U.S. 430 (1968). Thus, the Fifth Circuit on August 20, 1968, remanded a large set of consolidated cases from various U.S. District Courts for reconsideration of whether "freedom of choice" plans were sufficient in light of the higher burden school districts face after Green. Adams v. Mathews, 403 F.2d 181 (1968).

On remand, on November 14, 1968, a three-judge panel in the district court again approved a freedom of choice plan in this and 28 other cases, all consolidated as Conley v. Lake Charles School Bd., 293 F. Supp. 84 (W.D. La. 1968), On appeal, on May 28, 1969, the Court of Appeals finally ruled for all the relevant cases, including this one, that “freedom of choice” plans were inadequate to achieve desegregation of public schools. Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Bd., 417 F.2d 801 (1969).

On August 4, 1969, the District Court approved a three-year plan submitted by the School Board. The plan assigned students to schools under one of three arrangements. Students could be assigned geographically, according to the bus they rode, or by providing their own transportation if they lived outside a zoned area. On January 14, 1970, Fifth Circuit ordered the plan to be modified to compel the school board to complete desegregation by February 1, 1970, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Carter v. West Feliciana Parish School Board, 396 U.S. 290 (1970), which reversed a Fifth Circuit case that allowed school districts to defer integration plans beyond February 1, 1970.

The Department of Justice filed a broad motion for further relief in 1975, but the district court only granted partial relief with regard to the student transportation system. On appeal, in 1978, the Fifth Circuit granted the broad relief that the Department of Justice sought but that the district court denied. Specifically, the Fifth Circuit granted relief with respect to student and faculty assignment. 574 F.2d 804. The Supreme Court denied review. 439 U.S. 982 (1978).

The docket was quiet until 2007, when the parties moved for entry of a new consent decree with res. The district court approved that decree on February 5, 2007. The decree adjusted their student transfer policy so that it would not interfere with the existing desegregation order. After granting multiple time extensions, the District Court entered a superseding decree on December 14, 2011, that finalized the student transfer policy. In 2014, the District Court granted a motion to modify the school attendance zone boundaries.

The School Board filed ten additional status reports since 2014 as of May 2019. The most recent report was filed by the defendant on April 6, 2021; included student enrollment, transfer, and faculty data. The case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Alaael-Deen Shilleh (4/30/2017)

Sichun Liu (5/31/2019)

John Duffield (8/9/2021)

Related Cases

Related School Desegregation Cases in the Western District of Louisiana, Western District of Louisiana (1964)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attrorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5345890/parties/united-states-v-desoto-parish-school/


Judge(s)

Ainsworth, Robert Andrew Jr. (Louisiana)

Bell, Griffin Boyette (Georgia)

Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (District of Columbia)

Brown, John Robert (Louisiana)

Cabot, Ted (Florida)

Carswell, George Harrold (Florida)

Clark, Charles (Mississippi)

Coleman, James Plemon (Louisiana)

Dawkins, Benjamin Cornwell Jr. (Louisiana)

Dyer, David William (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Ainsworth, Robert Andrew Jr. (Louisiana)

Bell, Griffin Boyette (Georgia)

Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (District of Columbia)

Brown, John Robert (Louisiana)

Cabot, Ted (Florida)

Carswell, George Harrold (Florida)

Clark, Charles (Mississippi)

Coleman, James Plemon (Louisiana)

Dawkins, Benjamin Cornwell Jr. (Louisiana)

Dyer, David William (Georgia)

Gee, Thomas Gibbs (Louisiana)

Gewin, Walter Pettus (Alabama)

Godbold, John Cooper (Louisiana)

Goldberg, Irving Loeb (Louisiana)

Hicks, S. Maurice Jr. (Louisiana)

Hunter, Edwin Ford Jr. (Louisiana)

Morgan, Lewis Render (Georgia)

Putnam, Richard Johnson (Louisiana)

Simpson, John Milton Bryan (Florida)

Thornberry, William Homer (Texas)

Wisdom, John Minor (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cady, William (Louisiana)

Cummings, Torey B. (District of Columbia)

Dallo, Amanda K. (District of Columbia)

Doar, John (District of Columbia)

Edwards, Jerry (Louisiana)

Finley, Stephanie A. (Louisiana)

Jennings, Daniel L. (District of Columbia)

Joiner, Courtney Terell (Louisiana)

Kassabian, Tamara Hardney (District of Columbia)

Marshall, Franz (District of Columbia)

McCree, Wade Hampton Jr. (Michigan)

Michaud, Melissa Julia (District of Columbia)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Shaheen, Edward L. (Louisiana)

Vincent, Katherine (Louisiana)

Washington, Donald W. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Blanchard, John Richard (Louisiana)

Dill, Pamela W (Louisiana)

Guste, William J. Jr. (Louisiana)

Hammonds, Robert L. (Louisiana)

Other Attorney(s)

Powell-Lexing, Carol D. (Louisiana)

Scott, Louis Granderson (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

5:67-cv-12589

Docket

United States of America v. DeSoto Parish School

April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

Docket

23345

23116

[Order]

United States of America v. Jefferson County Board of Education

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

March 29, 1967

March 29, 1967

Order/Opinion

26501

26544

26452

[Order]

Adams v. Mathews

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Aug. 20, 1968

Aug. 20, 1968

Order/Opinion

09981

12924

[Order]

Conley v. Lake Charles School Board

May 28, 1969

May 28, 1969

Order/Opinion

15556

02921

[Order]

Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Board

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

May 28, 1969

May 28, 1969

Order/Opinion

26285

27983

[Order]

Singleton v. Jackson Municipal Separate School District

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Dec. 1, 1969

Dec. 1, 1969

Order/Opinion

28788

[Order]

United States of America v. Desoto Parish School Board

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Jan. 14, 1970

Jan. 14, 1970

Order/Opinion

76-03471

[Order]

United States of America v. Desoto Parish School Board

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

June 2, 1978

June 2, 1978

Order/Opinion

78-00458

Memorandum for the United States in Opposition

De Soto Parish School Board v. United States of America

Supreme Court of the United States

Oct. 27, 1978

Oct. 27, 1978

Pleading / Motion / Brief
5

5:67-cv-12589

Consent Decree

United States of America v. Desoto Parish School Board

Feb. 5, 2007

Feb. 5, 2007

Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5345890/united-states-v-desoto-parish-school/

Last updated Nov. 2, 2022, 3:19 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link

Judge F A Little, Jr added pursuant to entry on paper docket sheet of 3/21/02. Judge Tom Stagg no longer assigned to case. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 21, 2002

March 21, 2002

1

PAPER DOCKET SHEET of filings through 10/17/05. (crt,Crawford, A) Modified file date on 7/27/2006 (Dunford, T). (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

2

REPORT (DeSoto Parish School Board) in compliance with the order dated 12/07/70 submitted as an adition and amendment to the report submitted on 12/23/70. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment A; # 2 Attachment B) (crt,Dean, S) (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

3

REPORT (DeSoto Parish School Board) in compliance with the order dated 12/07/70 submitted as an addition and amendment to the report submitted on 12/23/70. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment A; # 2 Attachment B) (crt,Alexander, E) (Entered: 10/17/2006)

Oct. 16, 2006

Oct. 16, 2006

4

JOINT MOTION to Approve Consent Decree by United States of America and School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Consent Decree)(crt,Williams, L) (Entered: 02/02/2007)

Jan. 31, 2007

Jan. 31, 2007

Case reassigned to Judge S Maurice Hicks. Judge F A Little Jr no longer assigned to case. (crt,Dunford, T) (Entered: 02/01/2007)

Feb. 1, 2007

Feb. 1, 2007

5

CONSENT DECREE. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 2/5/2007. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 02/05/2007)

Feb. 5, 2007

Feb. 5, 2007

7

RESPONSE by School Board of DeSoto Parish re 5 Consent Judgment. (Attachments: # 1 Cover Letter)(crt,Williams, L) (Entered: 07/03/2007)

July 2, 2007

July 2, 2007

8

REPORT (DeSoto Parish School Board) in compliance with the order dated 12/07/70 submitted as an addition and amendment to the report submitted on 12/23/70. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment A; # 2 Attachment B) (crt,Alexander, E) (Entered: 10/16/2007)

Oct. 15, 2007

Oct. 15, 2007

9

RESPONSE in compliance with Order of 12/7/70 by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Desoto Parish School Board Report)(crt,Williams, L) (Entered: 03/18/2008)

March 17, 2008

March 17, 2008

10

REPORT by School Board of DeSoto Parish in compliance with Order dated 2/5/2007 regarding student transfers. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 07/02/2008)

July 1, 2008

July 1, 2008

11

REPORT by School Board of DeSoto Parish in compliance with Order dated 2/5/2007 submitted as an addition and amendment to the report submitted on 12/23/70. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits) (crt,Alexander, E) (Entered: 10/20/2008)

Oct. 20, 2008

Oct. 20, 2008

12

REPORT by DeSoto Parish School Board dated 3/13/2009 in compliance with Order dated 12/7/1970. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits) (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 03/17/2009)

March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

13

REPORT by DeSoto Parish School Board dated 6/24/2009 pertaining to student transfers. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 06/26/2009)

June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009

14

REPORT by DeSoto Parish School Board dated 10/9/2009 in compliance with the Order dated 12/7/1970. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 10/14/2009)

Oct. 13, 2009

Oct. 13, 2009

15

MOTION FOR EXTENSION of Duration of Consent Decree with consent sought but not obtained from Defendant DeSoto Parish School Board by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief)(aty,Kassabian, Tamara) Modified on 2/4/2010 to edit text (Keifer, K). (Entered: 02/02/2010)

Feb. 2, 2010

Feb. 2, 2010

16

PROPOSED ORDER/JUDGMENT by USA re 15 Motion for Extension (Other). (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Consent)(aty,Kassabian, Tamara) (Entered: 02/03/2010)

Feb. 3, 2010

Feb. 3, 2010

17

MINUTE ENTRY: Counsel for both parties are ORDERED to confer on the Government's motion to extend the duration of the 2/5/2007 Consent Decree and inform the Court by 12:00 noon on Friday, 2/19/2010, as to whether an agreement has been reached. If an agreement is not reached, the School Board shall file an opposition to the Government's motion by 2/26/2010, and oral argument shall be held on 3/4/2010 at 01:30 PM before Judge S Maurice Hicks, Jr. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 2/9/2010. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 02/10/2010)

Feb. 9, 2010

Feb. 9, 2010

18

RESPONSE to Motion re 15 MOTION FOR EXTENSION of Duration of Consent Decree with consent sought but not obtained from Defendant DeSoto Parish School Board filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 02/19/2010)

Feb. 19, 2010

Feb. 19, 2010

19

MINUTE ENTRY: upsetting hearing on 15 MOTION FOR EXTENSION of Duration of Consent Decree filed by USA. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 3/2/10. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 03/02/2010)

March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

20

ORDER granting 15 Motion to Extend the Duration of the 2/5/2007 Consent Decree for a period of 60 days or until 5/3/2010. At that time the parties shall report their progress and inform the Court as to whether further extension of the Consent Decree is requested or whether all issues have been resolved thereby warranting dismissal of this action. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 3/2/10. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 03/02/2010)

March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

21

REPORT dated 3/15/2010 by School Board of DeSoto Parish in compliance with Order dated 12/7/1970. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment A, # 2 Attachment B Part 1, # 3 Part 2, # 4 Part 3)(crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 03/19/2010)

March 18, 2010

March 18, 2010

23

ORDER: The 2/5/2007 Consent Decree is hereby extended until 10/31/2010. At that time, the parties shall again report their progress and inform the Court as to whether further extension is requested or whether all issues have been resolved.Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 4/30/2010. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 05/03/2010)

April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

24

REPORT by School Board of DeSoto Parish in compliance with 2/5/2007 Order. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 06/23/2010)

June 22, 2010

June 22, 2010

25

REPORT dated 10/15/10 by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 10/20/2010)

Oct. 18, 2010

Oct. 18, 2010

26

JOINT STATUS REPORT by School Board of DeSoto Parish, USA. (aty,Kassabian, Tamara) Modified on 11/1/2010 to edit text (Keifer, K). (Entered: 10/28/2010)

Oct. 28, 2010

Oct. 28, 2010

27

ORDER: It is ordered that the 2/5/2007 5 Consent Decree is hereby extended until 6/30/2011. At that time, the parties shall again report their progress and inform the Court as to whether further extension is requested or whether all issues have been resolved. Compliance Deadline set for 6/30/2011. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 10/29/2010. (crt,Reasor, M) (Entered: 10/29/2010)

Oct. 29, 2010

Oct. 29, 2010

28

REPORT in compliance with Order dated 12/7/1970 by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits)(crt,Alexander, E) (Entered: 03/16/2011)

March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011

29

MOTION to Substitute Attorney Melissa J. Michaud in place of Tamara H. Kassabian by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) (Entered: 06/23/2011)

June 23, 2011

June 23, 2011

30

ORDER granting 29 Motion to Substitute Attorney Melissa J. Michaud in place of Tamara H. Kassabian for USA. Attorney Tamara Hardney Kassabian terminated. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 6/24/2011. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 06/27/2011)

June 24, 2011

June 24, 2011

31

MOTION FOR EXTENSION of Time with consent by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) (Entered: 06/29/2011)

June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011

32

ORDER granting 31 Motion for Extension of Time. IT IS ORDERED that said motion is GRANTED, and that the parties shall have up to and through 7/14/2011, to move to extend of otherwise modify 5 Consent Decree entered 2/5/2007. Compliance Deadline set for 7/14/2011. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 7/1/2011. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 07/05/2011)

July 1, 2011

July 1, 2011

33

MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree with opposition by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) Modified to more accurately identify the pleading submitted and to indicate text of proposed order filed as 34 Corrective Document on 7/15/2011. (Putch, A) (Entered: 07/14/2011)

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

34

CORRECTIVE DOCUMENT entitled Proposed Order filed by USA regarding 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree. (aty,Michaud, Melissa) Modified to edit text on 7/15/2011. (Putch, A) (Entered: 07/14/2011)

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

35

MEMORANDUM ORDER granting 33 Motion to Extend Consent Decree until 7/29/2011. The parties are ordered to confer on the issue of student transfers. Compliance Deadline set for 7/12/2011 at noon for the parties to inform the Court whether an agreement has been reached. If no agreement is reached, a joint motion to extend the Decree which also outlines any modifications to the Decree shall be filed that same day. Second Compliance Deadline set for 8/12/2011 for the United States to file a supplemental brief if no agreement is reached. Also by 8/12/2011 the Board shall file any opposition to the United States' motion to extend and modify. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 7/18/2011. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 07/18/2011)

July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011

37

Unopposed MOTION FOR EXTENSION of Time to File Opposition with consent by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) Modified event on 8/12/2011. (Kennedy, T) (Entered: 08/11/2011)

Aug. 11, 2011

Aug. 11, 2011

38

SUPPLEMENTAL MEMORANDUM in Support re 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree filed by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) (Entered: 08/11/2011)

Aug. 11, 2011

Aug. 11, 2011

39

ORDER granting 37 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re the United States of Americas Motion to Extend and Modify Consent Decree and its supplemental brief. Responses due by 8/22/2011. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the terms of the Consent Decree shall continue to govern student transfers until the parties reach an agreement or the Court rules on the merits of the United States of Americas Motion to Extend and Modify Consent Decree. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 8/12/2011. (crt,Kennedy, T) (Entered: 08/12/2011)

Aug. 12, 2011

Aug. 12, 2011

40

RESPONSE in Opposition to Motion re 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A &B, # 2 Table of Contents, # 3 Table of Authorities)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) Modified to edit text on 8/23/2011. (Putch, A) (Entered: 08/22/2011)

Aug. 22, 2011

Aug. 22, 2011

41

MOTION for Leave to File Reply in Support re 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree filed by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Reply Brief, # 2 Text of proposed order)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) Modified to more accurately identify the pleading submitted on 8/29/2011. (Putch, A) (Entered: 08/26/2011)

Aug. 26, 2011

Aug. 26, 2011

42

ORDER granting 41 Motion for Leave to File Reply in Support. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 8/30/2011. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 08/30/2011)

Aug. 30, 2011

Aug. 30, 2011

43

REPLY to Response to Motion re 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree filed by USA. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 08/30/2011)

Aug. 30, 2011

Aug. 30, 2011

44

MINUTE ENTRY: Set Hearing as to 33 MOTION TO Modify Consent Decree : (Motion day set for 11/29/2011 10:00 AM in Shreveport, Courtroom 1 before Judge S Maurice Hicks). Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 9/6/2011. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 09/06/2011)

Sept. 6, 2011

Sept. 6, 2011

45

STATUS REPORT −Annual October Report by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A−C)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/25/2011)

Oct. 25, 2011

Oct. 25, 2011

46

MOTION to Upset Hearing for One Week with consent re 44 Minute Entry by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) Modified to edit text on 11/23/2011. (Putch, A) (Entered: 11/22/2011)

Nov. 22, 2011

Nov. 22, 2011

47

ORDER granting 46 Joint Motion to Upset Hearing and that hearing is set for December 6, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 11/23/2011. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 11/23/2011)

Nov. 23, 2011

Nov. 23, 2011

Reset Deadlines as to 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree: Motion day reset for 12/6/2011 01:30 PM before Judge S Maurice Hicks. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 11/23/2011)

Nov. 23, 2011

Nov. 23, 2011

48

MOTION to Continue Hearing Date with consent by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 12/02/2011)

Dec. 2, 2011

Dec. 2, 2011

49

ORDER granting 48 Motion to Continue Hearing. Hearing on Motion to Extend and Modify the Consent Decree reset to 1/4/2012 at 1:30 pm. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 12/5/2011. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 12/05/2011)

Dec. 5, 2011

Dec. 5, 2011

Set/Reset Deadlines as to 33 MOTION TO EXTEND and Modify Consent Decree. Motion day reset for 1/4/2012 01:30 PM in Shreveport, Courtroom 1 before Judge S Maurice Hicks. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 12/05/2011)

Dec. 5, 2011

Dec. 5, 2011

51

SUPERCEDING CONSENT DECREE GOVERNING STUDENT TRANSFERS. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 12/14/2011. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 12/14/2011)

Dec. 14, 2011

Dec. 14, 2011

52

STATUS REPORT −March 2012 Report by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A−B)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 03/21/2012)

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

53

MOTION to Intervene with opposition by Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, Rhonda M Clark, Tracy Thomas, James Turner, Doris Clark. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service, # 2 Proposed Order for Motion to Intervene)(Attorney Louis Granderson Scott added to party Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, Rhonda M Clark, Tracy Thomas, James Turner, Doris Clark)(aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 5/17/2013 to edit filers, text, opposition and to indicate proposed pleading &memorandum in support filed as Doc 54 &55 . (Putch, A) (Entered: 05/16/2013)

May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

54

PROPOSED PLEADING re 53 Motion to Intervene by Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, Rhonda M Clark, Tracy Thomas, James Turner, Doris Clark. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service, # 2 Proposed order )(aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 5/17/2013 to more accurately identify the pleading submitted. (Putch, A) (Entered: 05/16/2013)

May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

55

CORRECTIVE DOCUMENT entitled Memorandum in Support regarding 53 MOTION to Intervene filed by Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, Rhonda M Clark, Tracy Thomas, James Turner, Doris Clark. (aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 5/17/2013 to edit text and filers. (Putch, A) (Entered: 05/17/2013)

May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

56

NOTICE of Motion Setting regarding 53 MOTION to Intervene. Motions referred to S Maurice Hicks. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 05/17/2013)

May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

NOTICE of Corrective Action to Louis Granderson Scott on behalf of Doris Clark, Rhonda M Clark, Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, Tracy Thomas, James Turner regarding 53 MOTION to Intervene. Action taken: Modified entry to more accurately identify the pleadings submitted as 53 Motion to Intervene, 54 Proposed Pleading, 55 Corrective Document entitled Memorandum in Support. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 05/17/2013)

May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

57

MOTION for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 05/24/2013)

May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

58

MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 05/24/2013)

May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

59

NOTICE of Motion Setting regarding 57 MOTION for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School, 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment. Motions referred to S Maurice Hicks. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

60

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 53 MOTION to Intervene filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Table of Contents, # 2 Table of Authorities)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 05/30/2013)

May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

62

LETTER from Garland R Spivey to United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana. (crt,Kennedy, T) (Entered: 05/31/2013)

May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

61

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 53 MOTION to Intervene filed by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) (Entered: 05/31/2013)

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

64

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION to Motion re 57 MOTION for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School filed by Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service, # 2 Memorandum in Support, # 3 Certificate of Service, # 4 Proposed order , # 5 Exhibits)(aty,Scott, Louis) Modified text to more accurately identify the pleading submitted on 6/11/2013. (Kennedy, T) (Entered: 06/07/2013)

June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

NOTICE of Corrective Action to Louis Granderson Scott on behalf of Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society regarding 64 Reply to Response to Motion,. Action taken: Modified text to more accurately identify the pleading submitted. (crt,Kennedy, T) (Entered: 06/11/2013)

June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

NOTICE of Corrective Action to Louis Granderson Scott on behalf of Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society regarding 63 Reply to Response to Motion,. Action taken: Modified text to more accurately identify the pleading submitted. (crt,Kennedy, T) (Entered: 06/11/2013)

June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

65

MEMORANDUM RULING re 53 MOTION to Intervene filed by Doris Clark, James Turner, Tracy Thomas, Rhonda M Clark, Pelican All-Saints High School Benefit Society. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 06/19/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D)

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June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

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66

ORDER denying 53 Motion to Intervene. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 06/19/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/19/2013)

June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

67

MINUTE ENTRY: Set Hearing as to 57 MOTION for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School , 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment , (Motion day set for 6/27/2013 10:00 AM in Shreveport, Courtroom 1 before Judge S Maurice Hicks). The School Board is ordered to file additional information no later than noon on 06/26/2013. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 06/19/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/19/2013)

June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

68

MOTION for Reconsideration re 53 Motion to Intervene by Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, James Turner, Tracy Thomas, Rhonda M Clark, Doris Clark. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 6/26/2013 to edit filers, text and to indicate memorandum incorporated within motion. (Putch, A) (Entered: 06/25/2013)

June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

69

STATUS REPORT by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 06/25/2013)

June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

70

EXHIBIT LIST by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exibits)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 06/25/2013)

June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

71

**VACATED**NOTICE of Motion Setting regarding 68 MOTION for Reconsideration re 53 Motion to Intervene. Motions referred to S Maurice Hicks. (crt,Putch, A) Modified on 6/26/2013 per 73 Minutes. (Putch, A) (Entered: 06/26/2013)

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

72

MINUTE ENTRY: (District Judge Telephone Status Conference set for 6/26/2013 02:00 PM before Judge S Maurice Hicks). Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 06/26/13. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/26/2013)

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

73

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: granting 68 Motion for Reconsideration re 53 MOTION to Intervene filed by Doris Clark, James Turner, Tracy Thomas, Rhonda M Clark, Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society ; TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 6/26/2013; Set Deadlines/Hearing as to 53 MOTION to Intervene, 57 MOTION for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School, 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment :( S Maurice Hicks.); Motions terminated: 68 MOTION for Reconsideration re 53 Motion to Intervene filed by Doris Clark, James Turner, Tracy Thomas, Rhonda M Clark, Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society. The Court set a backup hearing date of 7/8/2013. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 06/26/2013)

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

74

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: denying 53 Motion to Intervene; MOTION HEARING held on 6/27/2013 re 53 MOTION to Intervene filed by Doris Clark, James Turner, Tracy Thomas, Rhonda M Clark, Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, 54 PROPOSED PLEADING filed by Doris Clark, James Turner, Tracy Thomas, Rhonda M Clark, Pelican All−Saints High School Benefit Society, 57 MOTION for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish, and 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish; Set Deadlines/Hearing as to 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment:(Motion day set for 8/26/2013 10:00 AM in Shreveport, Courtroom 1 before Judge S Maurice Hicks). (Court Reporter: Barbara Simpson) (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/27/2013)

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

75

WITNESS LIST filed re 06/27/2013 evidentiary hearing (restricted access). (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/27/2013)

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

76

EXHIBIT LIST re 06/27/2013 evidentiary hearing. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/27/2013)

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

77

ORDER granting 57 Motion of DeSoto Parish School Board for Authorization to Close Pelican−All Saints High School. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 06/27/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/27/2013)

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

78

ORDER granting in part 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish. Said Motion is granted in part as to the request for student reassignment relating to the Ranchland Acres students. The Motion remains pending and the record is held open as to the request to increase student capacity at North DeSoto Schools. A hearing on this issue if necessary will be held on August 26, 2013 at 10:00 am. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 06/27/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 06/27/2013)

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

79

MOTION to Substitute Attorney Torey B. Cummings in place of Melissa J. Michaud with consent by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Michaud, Melissa) (Entered: 07/10/2013)

July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

80

ORDER granting 79 Motion for Torey Brooks Cummings to be Substituted as Attorney on behalf of USA. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 7/11/2013. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 07/11/2013)

July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

81

MOTION to Continue Hearing of August 26, 2013 with opposition, MOTION to Schedule Status Conference by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Proposed order)(aty,Cummings, Torey) Modified on 8/19/2013 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 08/16/2013)

Aug. 16, 2013

Aug. 16, 2013

82

MINUTE ENTRY: re 81 MOTION to Continue Hearing of August 26, 2013 with opposition MOTION to Schedule Status Conference filed by USA. The motion is granted to the extent that the hearing on 58 MOTION for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools and Student Reassignment filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish is converted to an in person status conference in Chambers. All counsel shall be present at the conference. (District Judge Status Conference set for 8/26/2013 10:00 AM in Chambers before Judge S Maurice Hicks). Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 08/19/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 08/19/2013)

Aug. 19, 2013

Aug. 19, 2013

83

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 81 MOTION to Continue Hearing of August 26, 2013 with opposition MOTION to Schedule Status Conference filed by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 08/21/2013)

Aug. 21, 2013

Aug. 21, 2013

85

NOTICE OF FILING OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings filed for Status Conference held on 8/26/2013 before Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. Court Reporter/Transcriber: Marie Runyon, Telephone 318−222−9203. Pages: 34 Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER or the court reporter.. Redaction Request due 9/23/2013. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 10/3/2013. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 12/2/2013. (crt,Runyon, M) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

Aug. 29, 2013

86

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: TELEPHONE STATUS CONFERENCE held on 10/2/2013, (District Judge Telephone Status Conference set for 10/15/2013 10:00 AM before Judge S Maurice Hicks). (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 10/02/2013)

Oct. 2, 2013

Oct. 2, 2013

87

ORDER granting 58 Motion of the DeSoto Parish School Board for Authorization to Increase Student Capacity at North DeSoto Schools. Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 10/02/2013. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 10/02/2013)

Oct. 2, 2013

Oct. 2, 2013

88

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 10/15/2013, (District Judge Telephone Conference set for 10/29/2013 10:00 AM before Judge S Maurice Hicks). If the parties have not agreed upon the terms of a Joint Consent Decree regarding student transfers at that time, the Court will set a hearing date to resolve any remaining issues relating to student transfers. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013

Oct. 15, 2013

89

STATUS REPORT −October 15th Report by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Ex A−C)(aty,Dill, Pamela) (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013

Oct. 15, 2013

90

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 10/29/2013. (District Judge Telephone Conference set for 12/16/2013 02:00 PM before Judge S Maurice Hicks to discuss demographic work). (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 10/29/2013)

Oct. 29, 2013

Oct. 29, 2013

91

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 12/16/2013, (Follow−up District Judge Telephone Conference set for 3/17/2014 01:15 PM before Judge S Maurice Hicks). (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 12/16/2013)

Dec. 16, 2013

Dec. 16, 2013

92

MINUTE ENTRY: (District Judge Telephone Status Conference RESET for 3/17/2014 at 10:00 AM before Judge S Maurice Hicks). Signed by Judge S Maurice Hicks on 03/12/2014. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 03/12/2014)

March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

93

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 3/17/2014. The retained demographers shall meet no later than 4/17/2014 to resolve remaining issues. (Follow−up District Judge Telephone Conference set for 5/13/2014 10:00 AM before Judge S Maurice Hicks). (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 03/17/2014)

March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

94

STATUS REPORT by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B−C)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 03/26/2014)

March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

95

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge S Maurice Hicks: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 5/13/2014. Counsel for the United States of America shall submit a written status report to Chambers via email no later than 08/12/2014. (crt,McDonnell, D) (Entered: 05/13/2014)

May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

96

Joint MOTION MODIFY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ZONE BOUNDARIES by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit School zone descriptions, # 2 Exhibit School zone

Aug. 1, 2014

Aug. 1, 2014

98

STATUS REPORT − Annual October 15th Report by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A−C)(aty,Dill, Pamela) (Entered: 10/14/2014)

Oct. 14, 2014

Oct. 14, 2014

99

STATUS REPORT − March 2015 Report by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A−C)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 03/11/2015)

March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015

100

STATUS REPORT − October 15th Report by School Board of DeSoto Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A−C)(aty,Dill, Pamela) (Entered: 10/12/2015)

Oct. 12, 2015

Oct. 12, 2015

Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

School Desegregation

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 11, 1967

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Desoto Parish School Board, School District

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Elementary/Secondary School

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1970 - None

Content of Injunction:

Busing

Student assignment

Hire

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Auditing

Monitoring

Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)

Required disclosure

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Education

Racial segregation

School/University Facilities

School/University policies

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Transportation

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Type of Facility:

Government-run