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Our History: Featured Alumni/ae: Duplantier, Adrian G., Sr., LL.M. 1988

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Adrian Guy Duplantier, Sr.

Justice, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Adrian Duplantier was born March 5, 1929. He graduated in 1945 from the Roman Catholic-Jesuit High School in his native New Orleans. He then attended Loyola University School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude in 1949. He was editor-in-chief of the Loyola Law Review from 1948 to 1949. Duplantier was in private practice from 1950 to 1974. He was first assistant district attorney for Orleans Parish from 1954 to 1956. In 1960, he was cited by the Junior Chamber of Commerce as the "Outstanding Young Man in the Greater New Orleans Area," and he was elected to the State Senate. In 1962, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New Orleans. Duplantier was re-elected to the State Senate in 1964, 1968, and 1972. Duplantier resigned from the Senate in 1974 to become a judge of the Civil District Court in New Orleans, where he served until Jimmy Carter appointed him to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1978.

In 1988, Judge Duplantier earned a master of laws degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He assumed senior status in 1994. In 1996, Duplantier was appointed by then Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to serve as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. Duplantier died on August 15, 2007.


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