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March 13, 2003

Supreme Court to be Held at ULM

At a press conference held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Thursday, it was announced that the Louisiana Supreme Court will hold morning and afternoon sessions at the University on April 7. The court will hear oral arguments on four pending cases. The first session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the second session will begin at 1:30. Both will be held at Brown Auditorium. ULM President James Cofer was there to introduce Justice Chet Traylor.

"We are honored to have Associate Justice Chet Traylor of the Louisiana Supreme Court with us today to help us announce this event. We are pleased that our state Supreme Court will hold sessions at ULM. To our knowledge, the Supreme Court has not held a session in this part of the sate in over 100 years. The Supreme Court showing interest in our area lets us know that we are making an impact throughout the state," said Dr. Cofer.

"The Supreme Court's decision to hold Court at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is a historic and momentous event for the people of northeast Louisiana. The last time the court sat in Monroe was in June, 1894. The people of Louisiana need to know this is their Supreme Court. This event will take the court to the people, and will allow our high school and college students, as well as the community at large, to experience a rare opportunity to see the Court in action and the decision making process which affects all of our lives." Justice Chet D. Traylor.

The visit to ULM is part of an ongoing effort by the court system to strengthen partnerships with educators at every level and to teach students about the day-to-day operations of Louisiana's courts. The goal is to provide area citizens with an opportunity to see the state's highest court at work, an opportunity they might not otherwise have.

Members of the community, particularly high school and college students, are invited to watch the court proceedings on the campus of ULM. This will be an outstanding opportunity for the community and for students from the region to learn about the workings of the state's highest court. Seating will be on a first-come, first- served basis.

Justice Traylor, elected from the Fourth Supreme Court District, took office on January 1, 1997. He was born in Columbia, La, graduated from Colombia High School, and received a bachelor of arts degree in government from Northeast Louisiana State University in 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1974. Justice Traylor served as a judge of the Fifth Judicial District Court, Franklin, Richland, and West Carroll Parishes, from 1985 until his election to the Supreme Court.

Justice Traylor is a former Louisiana State Trooper, Investigator for the Louisiana Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketering Unit and was later the legal advisor to the Louisiana State Police Narcotics, Detectives and Intelligence units. From 1975-82, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Franklin Parish.

Justice Traylor was a founding board member of the Winnsboro Economic Development Foundation and served as a board member of the Winnsboro's Lion's Club and of the Franklin Parish Mental Health Association. He was the first president of Winnsboro Ducks Unlimited and the founder of John Adams Chapter of Greenwings. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Conservation Fund.

Justice Traylor served in the United States Army as a Military Police Investigator. He entered as a Private and was honorably discharged two years later as a Sergeant E-5. While attending Northeast Louisiana State University he was a Louisiana State Trooper, Troop F.

Justice Traylor is married to the former Peggy McDowell and is the father of Mary Therese, Leigh Ann, and Anna Marie Traylor and a member of the Methodist Church.

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