ABA Journal calls upcoming BLSA 29th annual scholarship banquet keynote speaker ‘one of most influential federal judges in nation’

Chief Judge Carl Stewart of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is referred to as one of the most influential federal judges in the nation in an ABA Journal article published this month.

In an in-depth interview, “Meet the chief judge of the nation’s most divisive, controversial and conservative appeals court,” Mark Curriden writes: “There is scant dispute that this quiet, amiable lawyer from northern Louisiana is one of the most influential federal judges in the nation.”

Judge Stewart is the keynote speaker for the 29th annual  Wake Forest Law Black Student Lawyers Association (BLSA) scholarship banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, which will be held at the Milton Rhodes Art Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

A native of Louisiana, Judge Stewart is the first African-American chief judge of the 5th Circuit, serves on the federal Judicial Conference, is vice president of American Inns of Court, and chaired the Federal Rules Committee until recently.

In the article, Stewart’s industry colleagues praise his qualifications, hard-work ethics, and even temperament, especially necessary in the 5th Circuit. Curriden says, “The court has before it now, or in the pipeline in the district courts below it, cases challenging gun laws, restrictions on abortions, organized prayer in public schools, affirmative action efforts by local governments, challenges under the Voting Rights Act, opposition to federal environmental regulations and enforcement efforts, disputes about the implementation of the death penalty and renewed challenges to Obamacare, not to mention review of the varied and massive BP oil spill litigations.”

Chief Judge Stewart ABA Journal Photo

Photo of Carl Stewart by Kathy Anderson, from the ABA Journal.

Read the full article from the ABA Journal.

Learn more about the BLSA Banquet.