State v. Homer Adolph Plessy: 125th Anniversary

Please Join us November 14 at 5:30 for a special CLE presentation at the Louisiana Supreme Court!

New Orleans Criminal District Court Judge John H. Ferguson’s decision upholding the constitutionality of the Separate Car Act of 1890 was handed down 125 years ago, on November 18, 1892. This CLE program features a live re-enactment of the arguments heard before Judge Ferguson in the case of State of Louisiana v. Homer Adolph Plessy. State v. Plessy doesn’t receive the same amount of attention that the case it became upon appeal to the United States Supreme Court, Plessy v. Ferguson, has received. The re-enactment will demonstrate the critical importance of what occurred in the lower court. After the re-enactment, a panel of speakers will analyze the arguments of State v. Plessy and lead a discussion reflecting upon the development of civil rights in New Orleans over the past 125 years.

Mock trial and panel participants include: Val P. Exnicios, managing director and senior trial counsel Liska, Exnicios, and Nungesser; Gregory P. DiLeo, managing partner of Gregory P. DiLeo, APLC; Hon. Max Tobias, State of Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal (ret.); Hon. Kern Reese, Orleans Civil District Court.

Email to reserve a seat. For more information, please contact Miriam Childs at or 504-310-2403.