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

1:69-cv-14430 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Feb. 10, 1969

Closed Date: Sept. 3, 2020

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Case Summary

On February 10, 1969, the United States Department of Justice filed this school desegregation lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, to enjoin the operation of a racially segregated school system in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Judge Edwin Ford Hunter Jr. granted the Department of Justice’s motion for a preliminary injunction to create a unitary (that is, desegregated) school system in Catahoula Parish on June 24, 1969. At around the same time, the Fifth Circu…

On February 10, 1969, the United States Department of Justice filed this school desegregation lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, to enjoin the operation of a racially segregated school system in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

Judge Edwin Ford Hunter Jr. granted the Department of Justice’s motion for a preliminary injunction to create a unitary (that is, desegregated) school system in Catahoula Parish on June 24, 1969. At around the same time, the Fifth Circuit took on a more active role in school desegregation. On May 28, 1969, the Fifth Circuit decided Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Bd., 417 F.2d 801 (5th Cir. 1969), an opinion aggregating 38 other school desegregation cases. In its opinion, the Fifth Circuit explained (in accordance with its prior opinion in U.S. v. Jefferson County Board of Education, 380 F.2d 385 (5th Cir. en banc 1967), and the Supreme Court's opinion in Green v. School Bd. of New Kent County, 391 U.S. 430 (1968)), that the constitutional duty to desegregated was not satisfied by ineffective plans that purported to desegregate merely by offering students “freedom of choice” about where to attend school.

Shortly after the Fifth Circuit decided Hall, a three-judge district court expressed its disagreement with the Fifth Circuit’s desire to desegregate quickly but nevertheless ordered Catahoula and twenty-eight other parishes to submit new desegregation plans. Conley v. Lake Charles, 303 F. Supp. 394 (1969). The Clearinghouse has additional information about the consolidated cases here. The panel officially approved the Parish’s desegregation plan on July 29, 1969, and responsibility for monitoring the desegregation efforts devolved to the original district court.

While Catahoula Parish has been consistently filing periodic reports with the court, the case has - until 2019 - been fairly quiet overall since the segregation plan was approved in 1969. In August 23, 1993, the court granted a motion by Catahoula Parish to implement a new Student Enrollment and Transfer Policy. On July 7, 1994, the desegregation plan was amended again, allowing Catahoula Parish to close one high school and consolidate two middle schools into one. Also on July 7, 1994, the court dismissed the motion of “Save Our Schools,” who moved to intervene in order to keep the Parish from integrating the schools. The court also granted Catahoula’s motion to close an elementary school and reassign the students on August 7, 1995. Since then the District Court has made orders consolidating another school and making it so that students who transfer (or are reassigned) under “majority-to-minority” provisions gain athletic eligibility at their new schools right away.

On January 24, 2019, the court (Judge Dee D. Drell) ordered the parties to review a YouTube video that had “come to the court’s attention.” The link (https://youtu.be/od3s31ZWbWM) is now broken, but the court’s description of the video suggested it contained a Now This News report that revealed the use of unqualified teachers and deterioration of the physical conditions at Parish schools in violation of court orders. The court, seemingly incensed that “NO PARTY” provided “[ANY] NOTICE” of the violations (emphasis in original), requested additional briefing, and a flurry of litigation ensued. On April 2, 2019 the court issued an order demanding (1) reports from the parties every two months; and (2) a plan to desegregate the school system and achieve unitary status.

Judge Drell recused himself from the case on June 3, 2019.

Judge Robert G. James issued an order declaring the school system unitary with respect to transportation on July 8, 2019. The court then consolidated this case with John Wesley Smith v. Catahoula Parish School Board, a 2019 state court case that the Parish removed to federal court involving a student’s request to be reassigned to a different school for medical reasons. (The court had control over student reassignments in the district as part of the 1969 desegregation plan.)

On September 3, 2019, the court approved a “Plan of Work” that, if adhered to by the Parish, would enable the school system to be declared unitary. The plan provided for (1) monitoring of student assignments; (2) monitoring and reporting as to faculty and staff assignments; (3) monitoring of extracurricular activities; and (4) site visits to physical facilities.

A year later, on September 1, 2020, the parties filed a joint motion to dismiss the case. On September 3, 2020 Judge Terry A. Doughty granted the motion to dismiss, stating that the school system "achieved unitary status in the final areas of student assignment, faculty and staff assignment, facilities, and quality of education" and had refrained from taking steps to reverse its progress. 2020 WL 5261198.

The case was dismissed with prejudice, and is now closed.

Related Opinions:

Conley v. Lake Charles, 303 F. Supp. 394 (1969)

Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Bd., 417 F.2d 801 (1969)

Summary Authors

Alaael-Deen Shilleh (4/30/2017)

Sichun Liu (6/1/2019)

Samuel Poortenga (10/9/2020)

Related Cases

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

People

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Judge(s)

Cabot, Ted (Florida)

Dawkins, Benjamin Cornwell Jr. (Louisiana)

Doughty, Terry Alvin None (Louisiana)

Drell, Dee D. (Louisiana)

Godbold, John Cooper (Louisiana)

Hunter, Edwin Ford Jr. (Louisiana)

Putnam, Richard Johnson (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown, John Robert (Louisiana)

Douglas, Nathaniel (District of Columbia)

Edwards, Jerry (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

Cabot, Ted (Florida)

Dawkins, Benjamin Cornwell Jr. (Louisiana)

Doughty, Terry Alvin None (Louisiana)

Drell, Dee D. (Louisiana)

Godbold, John Cooper (Louisiana)

Hunter, Edwin Ford Jr. (Louisiana)

Putnam, Richard Johnson (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown, John Robert (Louisiana)

Douglas, Nathaniel (District of Columbia)

Edwards, Jerry (Louisiana)

Hebert, Janice E. (Louisiana)

Marshall, Franz (District of Columbia)

Phillips, Colleen (District of Columbia)

Taylor, Lisa M. (District of Columbia)

Vincent, Katherine (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Blanchard, John Richard (Louisiana)

Dill, Pamela W (Louisiana)

Hammonds, Robert L. (Louisiana)

Johnson, John W. (Louisiana)

Other Attorney(s)

McClure, Brandy Lynn (Louisiana)

Miller, Viona J (District of Columbia)

Rabinowitz, Jessica Dillon (District of Columbia)

Scott, Louis Granderson (Louisiana)

Tayman, William Kyle (District of Columbia)

Wright, Jack Jr. (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:69-cv-14430

Docket

United States of America v. Catahoula Parish School Board

Sept. 3, 2020

Sept. 3, 2020

Docket

02921

15556

[Order]

Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Board

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

417 F.2d 801

May 28, 1969

May 28, 1969

Order/Opinion

09981

14516

[Order]

Conley v. Lake Charles School Board

303 F.Supp. 394

June 5, 1969

June 5, 1969

Order/Opinion
10

1:79-cv-14430

MOTION OF CATAHOULA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD TO CONSOLIDATE SCHOOLS IN HARRISONBURG AND SICILY ISLAND ATTENDANCE ZONES

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

Pleading / Motion / Brief
27

1:69-cv-14430

Order

Jan. 24, 2019

Jan. 24, 2019

Order/Opinion
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1:69-cv-14420

Order

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

Order/Opinion
64

1:69-cv-14430

Joint Proposed Plan of Work

Sept. 3, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

Settlement Agreement
95

1:69-cv-14430

Ruling

2020 WL 5261198

Sept. 3, 2020

Sept. 3, 2020

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8021024/u-s-a-v-catahoula-parish-school-board/

Last updated Aug. 5, 2022, 3:19 a.m.

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PAPER DOCKET SHEET of filing through 08/07/1995. (crt,Reasor, Mary) Modified on 3/17/2011 to correct file date (Whidden, C). (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/1/2019: # 1 06/05/69 - En Banc Order, # 2 07/23/69 - Amended Plan, # 3 08/01/69 - Decree, # 4 09/08/69 - Letter, # 5 07/31/70 - Motion to Amend Plan, # 6 09/02/70 - Amended Decree, # 7 09/24/71 - Letter, # 8 12/03/71 - Letter, # 9 06/26/80 - Motion for Supplemental Relief, # 10 08/07/80 - Judgment, # 11 08/19/93 - Motion for Authorization, # 12 08/23/93 - Order, # 13 06/13/94 - Motion for Authorization, # 14 06/20/94 - Response, # 15 06/28/94 - Minutes, # 16 07/07/94 - Opinion, # 17 07/07/94 - Judgment, # 18 07/18/94 - Opinion, # 19 07/18/94 - Amended Judgment, # 20 07/17/95 - Motion for Authorization, # 21 07/28/95 - Amended Motion for Authorization, # 22 08/07/95 - Order) (Whidden, C). (Entered: 11/03/2008)

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2 07/23/69 - Amended Plan

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3 08/01/69 - Decree

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4 09/08/69 - Letter

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5 07/31/70 - Motion to Amend Plan

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6 09/02/70 - Amended Decree

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7 09/24/71 - Letter

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8 12/03/71 - Letter

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9 06/26/80 - Motion for Supplemental Relief

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10 08/07/80 - Judgment

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11 08/19/93 - Motion for Authorization

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12 08/23/93 - Order

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13 06/13/94 - Motion for Authorization

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14 06/20/94 - Response

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15 06/28/94 - Minutes

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16 07/07/94 - Opinion

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17 07/07/94 - Judgment

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18 07/18/94 - Opinion

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19 07/18/94 - Amended Judgment

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20 07/17/95 - Motion for Authorization

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21 07/28/95 - Amended Motion for Authorization

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22 08/07/95 - Order

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Feb. 10, 1969

Feb. 10, 1969

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CASE assigned to Judge Dee D Drell. (crt,Reasor, Mary)

Oct. 31, 2008

Oct. 31, 2008

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REPORT by Catahoula Parish, School Board. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A-D)(crt,Reasor, Mary) (Entered: 11/03/2008)

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Oct. 31, 2008

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MOTION for Lisa Taylor to Enroll as Counsel by U S A. ADMINISTRATIVE ENTRY as 3 Motion e-filed without selecting all reliefs requested. (crt,Yocum, M) Modified on 11/19/2008 to assign document number (Yocum, M). (Entered: 11/19/2008)

1 Text of proposed order

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Nov. 18, 2008

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ORDER granting 3 Motion to Substitute Attorney. Janice E Herbert substituted for Katherine W Vincent for U S A. Attorney Katherine W Vincent terminated; and granting 3 Motion to Enroll Lisa M Taylor as Lead Counsel. Added as counsel Lisa M Taylor for U S A. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 11/20/08. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 11/20/2008)

Nov. 20, 2008

Nov. 20, 2008

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MOTION to Amend/Correct with consent relative to Athletic Eligibility of Majority-to-Minority Transferees by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits, # 2 Memorandum / Brief, # 3 Text of proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 04/03/2009)

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April 3, 2009

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ORDER granting 5 Motion to Amend/Correct. Students who are currently attending public schools in Catahoula Parish pursuant to majority-to-minority transfer provisions or who subsequently transfer under such provisions shall be immediately eligible to participate on athletic teams at the schools to which they have been transferred or will transfer in the future. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 04/06/09. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 04/06/2009)

April 6, 2009

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STATUS REPORT Annual Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/29/2009)

Oct. 29, 2009

Oct. 29, 2009

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STATUS REPORT by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A-D)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/29/2010)

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Oct. 29, 2010

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STATUS REPORT Annual Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/19/2011)

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Oct. 19, 2011

Oct. 19, 2011

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MOTION to Consolidate Schools in Harrisonburg and Sicily Island Attendance Zones by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Text of proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 03/12/2012)

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March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

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ORDER granting 10 Motion to Consolidate Schools in Harrisonburg and Sicily Island Attendance Zones. The School Board is authorized to consolidate the schools in the Harrisonburg and Sicily Island school attendance zones beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 03/13/12. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

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STATUS REPORT by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A-D)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/18/2012)

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Oct. 18, 2012

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ORDER The Court wishes for a telephone status conference in this case. Counsel should arrange for a conference call with Chambers within the next 20 days to select a date and time. Counsel for the United States should initiate the call. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 10/24/12. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 10/24/2012)

Oct. 24, 2012

Oct. 24, 2012

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MOTION to Substitute Attorney Katherine W. Vincent in place of Janice E. Hebert by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Vincent, Katherine) (Entered: 10/25/2012)

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Oct. 25, 2012

Oct. 25, 2012

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ORDER granting 14 Motion to Substitute Attorney. Katherine W Vincent added for USA. Attorney Janice E Hebert terminated. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 10/29/12. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 10/30/2012)

Oct. 30, 2012

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MINUTE ENTRY: A Telephone Conference is set for 11/20/2012 03:30 PM before Chief Judge Dee D Drell. Counsel for the government shall initiate the call. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 11/9/12. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 11/09/2012)

Nov. 9, 2012

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MINUTE ENTRY: November 20, 2012 telephone conference set for 10:30 AM rather than 3:30 PM before Chief Judge Dee D Drell. Counsel for Government shall initiate the call. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 11/14/12. (crt,Burge, J) (Entered: 11/14/2012)

Nov. 14, 2012

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MINUTE ENTRY: A Status Conference set for 7/12/2013 10:00 AM in by phone before Chief Judge Dee D Drell. Counsel for the government shall initiate the call. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 11/20/12. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 11/20/2012)

Nov. 20, 2012

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MINUTES (TEXT ONLY ENTRY - NO PDF ATTACHED) for proceedings held before Chief Judge Dee D Drell: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 7/12/2013. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 07/12/2013)

July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

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ORDER IT IS ORDERED that counsel shall confer and submit to the Court within thirty (30) days, a scheduling order to govern further progress of this case. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 7/12/13. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 07/12/2013)

July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

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STATUS REPORT - October 15th Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Ex. 1-4)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/15/2013)

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Oct. 15, 2013

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STATUS REPORT - Annual October 15th Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1-5)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/14/2014)

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Oct. 14, 2014

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STATUS REPORT Annual October 15th Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1-4)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/15/2015)

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Oct. 15, 2015

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STATUS REPORT - October 15th Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1-4)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/13/2016)

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Oct. 13, 2016

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STATUS REPORT - October 15th Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1 - 4)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) Modified on 10/16/2017 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 10/16/2017)

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Oct. 16, 2017

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STATUS REPORT October 2018 Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Faculty Vacancy and Replacement, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Faculty and Staff, # 3 Exhibit 3 - Student Enrollment, # 4 Exhibit 4 - Student Transfers)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 10/12/2018)

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3 Exhibit 3 - Student Enrollment

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4 Exhibit 4 - Student Transfers

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Oct. 12, 2018

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ORDER re 20 Order. ORDERED that all parties will review the news report at the YouTube link herein and respond in writing on the record by the filing of briefs on the two issues mentioned above on or before 3/1/2019. ORDERED that a hearing in open court is set before the undersigned on 3/20/2019 at 2:00 PM in Alexandria Court House at which at least one counsel of record for each interested party shall appear and show cause why they should not be sanctioned according to Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 for failure to comply with this court's July 12, 2013 order. All Counsel appearing shall also be prepared to show cause why a Special Master should not be appointed in this case to oversee the parties' cooperation in future work toward desegregation in Catahoula Parish schools. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 1/24/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 01/25/2019)

Jan. 24, 2019

Jan. 24, 2019

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MOTION for Pamela Wescovich Dill and John Richard Blanchard to Enroll as Counsel by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 01/31/2019)

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Jan. 31, 2019

Jan. 31, 2019

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ORDER granting 28 Motion to Enroll as Counsel. Added as counsel Pamela Wescovich Dill, John Richard Blanchard for School Board of Catahoula Parish. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 2/1/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 02/01/2019)

Feb. 1, 2019

Feb. 1, 2019

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MOTION to Substitute Attorney Colleen M. Phillips in place of Lisa M. Taylor with consent by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Vincent, Katherine) (Entered: 02/14/2019)

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Feb. 14, 2019

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ORDER granting 30 Motion to Substitute Attorney. Added attorney Colleen Phillips for USA. Attorney Lisa M Taylor terminated. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 2/15/2019. (crt,Crick, S) Modified on 4/1/2019 to modify filing date. (Crick, S). (Entered: 02/19/2019)

Feb. 19, 2019

Feb. 19, 2019

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RESPONSE re 27 Order by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) Modified on 2/26/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 02/26/2019)

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Feb. 26, 2019

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RESPONSE by USA re 27 Order. (aty,Phillips, Colleen) Modified on 3/1/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 02/28/2019)

Feb. 28, 2019

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NOTICE of Appearance by Louis Granderson Scott on behalf of Louisiana State Conference N A A C P (Attorney Louis Granderson Scott added to party Louisiana State Conference N A A C P (pty:intvp)) (aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 3/1/2019 to edit filer and text (FinnSld, P). (Entered: 02/28/2019)

Feb. 28, 2019

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SECOND RESPONSE re 27 Order by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (aty,Hammonds, Robert) Modified on 3/6/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/05/2019)

March 5, 2019

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MOTION for Jessica Rabinowitz to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $105, receipt number 0536-3897204) by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 3/13/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/12/2019)

March 12, 2019

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MOTION for Viona Miller to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $105, receipt number 0536-3897208) by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 3/13/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/12/2019)

March 12, 2019

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MOTION for William Tayman to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $105, receipt number 0536-3897209) by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 3/13/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/12/2019)

March 12, 2019

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RESPONSE to Motion re 37 MOTION for Viona Miller to Appear Pro Hac Vice, 36 MOTION for Jessica Rabinowitz to Appear Pro Hac Vice, 38 MOTION for William Tayman to Appear Pro Hac Vice filed by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (aty,Hammonds, Robert) Modified on 3/14/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/13/2019)

March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

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ORDER denying 36 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice ; denying 37 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice ; denying 38 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 3/14/2019. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 03/14/2019)

March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

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DEFICIENT. MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief with opposition by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Exhibit Declaration, # 3 Exhibit Declaration, # 4 Exhibit Declaration, # 5 Exhibit Declaration, # 6 Exhibit Letter, # 7 Exhibit Letter)(aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 3/15/2019 to modify docket text and indicate deficient status. (Crick, S). Modified on 4/2/2019 to indicate 44 Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief resubmitted in its entirety. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/15/2019)

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March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

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ORDER ORDERED that all persons currently serving as members of the Catahoula Parish School Board and the Interim Superintendent shall be present at the hearing set for 3/20/19 at 2:00 p.m. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 3/14/2019. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 03/15/2019)

March 15, 2019

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NOTICE of Deficiency to Louis Granderson Scott on behalf of Louisiana State Conference N A A C P regarding 41 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief with opposition . Reason: The document is not on letter-size paper as required by LR10.1. Please re-submit this document in proper form. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 03/15/2019)

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

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MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Brief with consent by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Proposed Exhibit A Declaration, # 3 Proposed Exhibit B Declaration, # 4 Proposed Exhibit C Declaration, # 5 Proposed Exhibit D Declaration, # 6 Proposed Exhibit E Letter, # 7 Proposed Exhibit F Letter)(aty,Scott, Louis) Modified on 3/18/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). Modified on 4/2/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 03/15/2019)

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March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

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NOTICE of Corrective Action to Louis Granderson Scott on behalf of Louisiana State Conference N A A C P regarding 44 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Brief with consent, 41 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief with opposition . Action taken: Terminated 41 Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief. 44 Motion resubmitted in its entirety. (crt,Crick, S)

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 44 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Brief with consent filed by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 03/18/2019)

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March 18, 2019

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MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge Dee D Drell: SHOW CAUSE HEARING held on 3/20/2019. (Court Reporter: Myra Primeaux) (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 03/21/2019)

March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

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ORDER granting 36 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Jessica Rabinowitz for Louisiana State Conference N A A C P; granting 37 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Viona J Miller for Louisiana State Conference N A A C P; granting 38 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of William Kyle Tayman for Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. The N A A C P's 44 Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief in this matter is GRANTED, limited to its input on the issue of the court's potential appointment of a special master.The Court expects (1) the parties shall keep the Court apprised of their progress in remedying the immediate deficiencies at Block High School by narrative joint (Government and School Board) reports every two months, the first report being due June 1, 2019. These reports are IN ADDITION TO the present periodic statistical reports being submitted by the School Board; (2) The parties shall confer on a new Plan of Work, directed to the proposition that unitary status is possible in Catahoula Parish and outlining the steps intended to carry forward satisfaction of the Green factors. This Plan of Work shall be submitted to the Court on or before September 1, 2019.(3) Counsel for the parties shall appear for an in-person status conference in chambers on September 18, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Status briefs shall be filed with the Court no later than seven (7) days prior to the hearing. Presence of school board members is not presently required for appearance at this conference unless otherwise ordered.Finally, it is ORDERED the show cause order for previous non-compliance is DISMISSED based upon the explanations provided to the Court for the inadvertent failure to file a previously ordered Plan of Work. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 4/1/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 04/02/2019)

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

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Notice of Corrective Action

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

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Set/Reset Hearings

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

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Set Deadlines: Status Report due by 6/1/2019. Plan of Work deadlline set for 9/1/2019. District Judge In-Person Status Conference set for 9/18/2019 at 1:30 PM in chambers before Judge Dee D Drell. (crt,Crick, S)

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

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48

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appointment of Special Master by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F)(crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 04/02/2019)

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4 Exhibit D

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5 Exhibit E

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6 Exhibit F

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April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

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49

Unopposed MOTION to Close Jonesville Junior High School and to Change Grade Structures at Jonesville Elementary and Block High Schools by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Proposed order)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 05/22/2019)

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May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019

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ORDER granting 49 Motion to Close Jonesville Junior High School and to Change Grade Structures at Jonesville Elementary and Block High Schools. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 5/23/2019. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 05/24/2019)

May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

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JOINT STATUS REPORT by USA, School Board of Catahoula Parish. (aty,Phillips, Colleen) Modified on 5/24/2019to edit filers (Putch, A). (Entered: 05/24/2019)

May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

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52

ORDER OF RECUSAL. Referred to Chief Judge for reassignment. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 5/31/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 06/04/2019)

June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019

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ELECTRONIC MINUTE ENTRY issued by the Clerk. In accordance with Standing Order 1.62, this matter is hereby reassigned. Case reassigned to Judge Robert G James. Judge Dee D Drell no longer assigned to case. All future filings should bear the name of the new judge assignment.(crt,Whidden, C) (Entered: 06/11/2019)

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

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Minute Entry/Order Reassigning Case

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

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54

MINUTE ENTRY: The in-person status conference set for 9/18/2019 at 1:30 PM is reset to U.S. District Courthouse, 201 Jackson Street, Monroe, LA before Judge Robert G James. All orders previously issued remain in place. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 6/13/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 06/13/2019)

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

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55

Unopposed MOTION for Partial Unitary Status: Transportation by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order, # 2 Proposed judgment)(aty,Hammonds, Robert) (Entered: 07/03/2019)

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July 3, 2019

July 3, 2019

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56

ORDER re 55 Unopposed MOTION for Partial Unitary Status: Transportation filed by School Board of Catahoula Parish. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 7/8/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 07/08/2019)

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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ORDER granting 55 Motion for Partial Unitary Status as to Transportation. The permanent injunction previously entered is dismissed as to this area of operation. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 7/8/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 07/08/2019)

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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58

Second Joint STATUS REPORT by USA, School Board of Catahoula Parish. (aty,Phillips, Colleen) Modified on 8/2/2019 to add filer. (Crick, S). (Entered: 08/01/2019)

Aug. 1, 2019

Aug. 1, 2019

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59

MOTION for Removal, Motion to Consolidate, Motion to Vacate, Motion for Hearing by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - State Court Documents, # 2 Proposed order, # 3 Notice of Filing Petition for Removal and Consolidation, # 4 Notice to Clerk of Petition for Removal and Consolidation)(aty,Blanchard, John). Added MOTION to Consolidate Case, MOTION for Hearing, MOTION to Vacate and modified docket text on 8/19/2019 (Crick, S). (Entered: 08/16/2019)

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3 Notice of Filing Petition for Removal and Consolidation

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4 Notice to Clerk of Petition for Removal and Consolidation

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Aug. 16, 2019

Aug. 16, 2019

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ORDER. Defendant Catahoula Parish School Board, having moved to remove to this Court the case of John Wesley Smith et ux v. Catahoula Parish School Board, #29676 "A" currently pending in the District Court for the Seventh Judicial District of Louisiana, and the Court having considered the Petition for Removal and Consolidation, it is hereby ORDERED as follows, the 59 motion is GRANTED, and:1. The case of John Wesley Smith et ux v. Catahoula Parish School Board, #29676 "A" is hereby removed to this Court and consolidated with this case.2. The August 9, 2019 order entered in that action ordering the Catahoula Parish School Board to enroll E.S. at Harrisonburg High School, to identify the Student Transfer Committee members, and to set a show cause hearing for August 29, 2019 is vacated and such hearing is continued until further notice. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 8/20/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 08/20/2019)

Aug. 20, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019

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Remark (Public)

Aug. 20, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019

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REMARK: Lead Case 1:69-cv-14430 consolidated with Member Case 1:19-cv-1094. See 60 Order in Lead Case; 2 Order in Member Case. (crt,Crick, S)

Aug. 20, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019

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61

NOTICE of Consolidation by Clerk (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 08/20/2019)

Aug. 20, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019

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62

Joint MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PROPOSED Plan of Work by USA, School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Phillips, Colleen) Modified on 8/30/2019 to add filer (Dunford, T). (Entered: 08/30/2019)

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Aug. 30, 2019

Aug. 30, 2019

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63

ORDER granting 62 Proposed Plan of Work. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 9/3/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 09/03/2019)

Sept. 3, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

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64

PLAN OF WORK Signed by Judge Robert G James on 9/3/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 09/03/2019)

Sept. 3, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

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65

Emergency MOTION for Relief in Response to the Parties' Joint Proposed Plan of Work by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P re 64 Plan of Work. (aty,Scott, Louis) Modified event type and docket text on 9/6/2019 (Dunford, T). (Entered: 09/06/2019)

Sept. 6, 2019

Sept. 6, 2019

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ORDER granting 65 Motion for Relief in Response to the Parties' Joint Proposed Plan of Work. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 9/6/2019. (crt,Dunford, T) (Entered: 09/06/2019)

Sept. 6, 2019

Sept. 6, 2019

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MOTION for Reconsideration re 66 Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Exhibit A - Emails Between NAACP and Board Counsel, # 3 Proposed order)(aty,Blanchard, John) (Entered: 09/09/2019)

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Sept. 9, 2019

Sept. 9, 2019

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MOTION to Expedite consideration of 67 MOTION for Reconsideration re 66 Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Proposed order)(aty,Blanchard, John) (Entered: 09/09/2019)

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Sept. 9, 2019

Sept. 9, 2019

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69

ORDER granting 68 Motion to Expedite Consideration. It Is Further Ordered that 67 Motion for Reconsideration of 66 Order allowing the NAACP to be present at the site visit is DENIED. The motion is otherwise granted. The parties should comply with the Plan of Work as previously ordered. It Is Further Ordered that a contradictory hearing on NAACP's requests in 65 MOTION for Relief in Response to the Parties' Joint Proposed Plan of Work is set for a contradictory hearing on 9/18/19 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Robert G James. The Court's status conference with the parties will be held immediately after hte contradictory hearing. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 9/10/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 09/10/2019)

Sept. 10, 2019

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Set/Reset Hearings

Sept. 10, 2019

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Set Hearings: Contradictory Hearing on requests in 65 MOTION for Relief in Response to the Parties' Joint Proposed Plan of Work set for 9/18/2019 at 1:30 PM in Monroe, 2nd floor before Judge Robert G James. (crt,Crawford, A)

Sept. 10, 2019

Sept. 10, 2019

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70

MINUTE ENTRY: The deadline for filing a status report is extended to 9/13/2019. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 9/10/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 09/10/2019)

Sept. 10, 2019

Sept. 10, 2019

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71

Joint STATUS REPORT, School Board of Catahoula Parish by USA. (aty,Phillips, Colleen) Modified on 9/13/2019 to add filer. (Crick, S). (Entered: 09/13/2019)

Sept. 13, 2019

Sept. 13, 2019

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74

SEALED DOCUMENT: Letter to Judge James by Jill Lossin Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(crt,Crawford, A) Modified on 12/20/2019 to create motion event(Crawford, A). (Entered: 09/19/2019)

Sept. 16, 2019

Sept. 16, 2019

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RESPONSE to Motion re 67 MOTION for Reconsideration re 66 Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief filed by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (aty,Rabinowitz, Jessica) (Entered: 09/17/2019)

Sept. 17, 2019

Sept. 17, 2019

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73

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge Robert G James: STATUS CONFERENCE held on 9/18/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 09/19/2019)

Sept. 18, 2019

Sept. 18, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

Sept. 19, 2019

Sept. 19, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines: School Board's response to 74 SEALED Letter due by 10/9/2019. (crt,Crawford, A)

Sept. 19, 2019

Sept. 19, 2019

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75

Unopposed STATUS REPORT re 73 Minutes by Louisiana State Conference N A A C P. (aty,Rabinowitz, Jessica) Modified on 10/10/2019 to create docket entry relationship. (Crick, S). (Entered: 10/09/2019)

Oct. 9, 2019

Oct. 9, 2019

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RESPONSE by School Board of Catahoula Parish re 74 Sealed Document . (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Training Documents)(aty,Blanchard, John) Modified on 10/10/2019 to indicate 79 SEALED Exhibit B submitted as separate document.(Crick, S). (Entered: 10/09/2019)

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Oct. 9, 2019

Oct. 9, 2019

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77

MOTION to Seal Attached Document re 76 Response by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief, # 2 Proposed order, # 3 Proposed SEALED Exhibit B)(aty,Blanchard, John) Modified on 10/10/2019 to modify docket text and create docket entry relationship. (Crick, S). (Entered: 10/09/2019)

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Oct. 9, 2019

Oct. 9, 2019

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ORDER granting 77 Motion to Seal Attached Document. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 10/10/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 10/10/2019)

Oct. 10, 2019

Oct. 10, 2019

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SEALED DOCUMENT: SEALED EXHIBIT B re 76 Response. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 10/10/2019)

Oct. 10, 2019

Oct. 10, 2019

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MINUTE ENTRY: Should Ms Smith intend to file a reply to the School Board's 76 Response, her reply brief is DUE on or before Friday, October 25, 2019. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 10/10/2019. (crt,Crick, S) (Entered: 10/10/2019)

Oct. 10, 2019

Oct. 10, 2019

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STATUS REPORT October 15th Report by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Faculty Vacancy and Replacement Data, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Faculty and Staff, # 3 Exhibit 3 - Student Enrollment, # 4 SEALED Exhibit 4 - Student Transfers)(aty,Blanchard, John) Modified on 10/16/2019 to modify security of Exhibit 4 and to indicate 82 Redacted version of Exhibit 4 submitted as separate document. (Crick, S). (Entered: 10/15/2019)

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Oct. 15, 2019

Oct. 15, 2019

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REDACTED Exhibit 4 to 81 October 15th Report filed by School Board of Catahoula Parish. (aty,Blanchard, John) Modified on 10/16/2019 to modify docket text. (Crick, S). (Entered: 10/15/2019)

Oct. 15, 2019

Oct. 15, 2019

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REPLY by Jill Lossin Smith to 76 Response re 74 Sealed Document (crt,Miletello, A) (Entered: 10/23/2019)

Oct. 23, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019

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ELECTRONIC MINUTE ENTRY issued by the Clerk. Case reassigned to Judge Terry A Doughty. Judge Robert G James no longer assigned to case. All future filings should bear the name of the new judge assignment.Approved by Chief Judge S Maurice Hicks, Jr on 12/11/2019. (crt,Whidden, C) (Entered: 12/11/2019)

Dec. 11, 2019

Dec. 11, 2019

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Minute Entry/Order Reassigning Case

Dec. 11, 2019

Dec. 11, 2019

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MINUTE ENTRY: Counsel shall contact the Courtroom Deputy to schedule a telephone status conference. Signed by Judge Terry A Doughty on 12/12/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 12/12/2019)

Dec. 12, 2019

Dec. 12, 2019

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ELECTRONIC MINUTE ENTRY: A Telephone Status Conference will be held on 12/19/2019 at 10:00 AM before Judge Terry A Doughty. Counsel may access the conference by calling (888)363-4734 and using the access code 4886408. Signed by Judge Terry A Doughty on 12/13/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 12/13/2019)

Dec. 13, 2019

Dec. 13, 2019

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Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

School Desegregation

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 10, 1969

Closing Date: Sept. 3, 2020

Case Ongoing: No

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

Catahoula Parish School Board, School District

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

Jurisdiction-wide

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

Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1969 - 2020

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Monitoring

Preliminary relief granted

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Student assignment

Issues

General:

Buildings

Disparate Treatment

Education

Racial segregation

Record-keeping

Records Disclosure

School/University Facilities

School/University policies

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Transportation

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Type of Facility:

Government-run