If the Robe Fits …
INTERVIEW BY ROSS PFUND
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILL CROCKER
Lynn Luker returned to her business litigation and civil
litigation defense practice in January after a six-month
appointment to the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
We spoke with her in the middle of her judicial stint
Q: How does one end up being appointed
to this position?
A: It is a decision that’s made at the Louisiana
Supreme Court level. I’m pretty amazed
that I ended up receiving this appointment
because they come up very, very infrequently,
and there’s a lot of competition, as you might
imagine. It’s a pretty spectacular gift to have
I think that I was considered because
I’m generally, I think, considered to be
a hard worker. I have practiced law now
for 33 years. I practice in this courthouse,
along with others, quite a bit. I’m a regular
speaker on professionalism and ethics, so I
hope I have a reputation as someone who
follows the rules.
My first case that was percolating up for
trial was a multimillion-dollar, very complex
case. These guys worked me to death.
Q: So much for easing into the job.
A: It ended up settling. But I have to
tell you, I’ve been affirmed on my three
opinions that have gone up for review by
the higher-ups. I’m on cloud nine about
that. I would expect that they would
disagree with me just as easily as agree
with me. I’m just doing the best I can.
The judge who had this position
resigned to run for mayor. It created this
opening. There’s an election that’s taking
place, and one of the requirements to be
appointed is that you have to agree not to
run, because it would obviously be a real
advantage to someone trying to run for the
job if they were actually sitting.
I’ve taught at Tulane Law School for
29 years, and what I am doing is bringing
my students over to let them see how the
courthouse works; how the oral argument,
status conference or trial actually plays out.
They get to actually see the paperwork that’s
public record. They can volunteer as externs,
and I’m giving them little assignments. Of
course, we’re double-checking to make sure
they haven’t overlooked anything because
they are students.