U. S. District Court announces the swearing in of Magistrate Judge Richard L. Bourgeois Jr.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson and U.S. District Judge James J. Brady of the Middle District of Louisiana announced today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, the swearing in of Richard L. Bourgeois Jr. as a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Magistrate Judge Bourgeois was previously employed as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baton Rouge, where he served as Deputy Criminal Chief. He has represented the United States in matters regarding healthcare fraud, investment fraud, mortgage fraud, and computer related crimes. An experienced trial attorney, Magistrate Judge Bourgeois has also successfully represented the United States on appellate matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, he was a commercial litigation associate with the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Latham and Watkins.
Magistrate Judge Bourgeois is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He also served as the Administrative Editor of the American Criminal Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, where he graduated with honors.
Full-time Magistrate Judges are a valuable and essential part of the administration of justice in the Middle District. Magistrate Judges are specially designated by the Court to conduct any and all proceedings in jury and nonjury civil matters, including trial and entry of judgment, upon consent of the parties. Magistrate Judges also conduct hearings as necessary and make recommendations on motions which are referred to them. In criminal matters, Magistrate Judges review search warrants, conduct initial appearances, set conditions of release, and upon consent of the parties may conduct trials and impose sentences in misdemeanor cases.
Magistrate Judge Bourgeois’ appointment is the culmination of a lengthy selection process that began several months ago following the retirement of former U.S. Magistrate Judge Docia L. Dalby. A Magistrate Judges Section Committee comprised of members of local bar associations and community leaders assisted the Court during the selection process. The Committee was co-chaired by Vice Chancellor Raymond T. Diamond of the LSU Law Center and Vice Chancellor Russell L. Jones of the Southern University Law Center. Magistrate Judge Bourgeois will serve for a term of eight years.