Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and the Justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court announced today the appointment of Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Susan M. Chehardy as justice pro tempore of the Louisiana Supreme Court, First District.
Chief Judge Chehardy received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law in 1985. After an exemplary early legal career, in which she opened her own general litigation practice, Chehardy was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore to Division C of the 24th JDC in January of 1992. In September of that same year, she was elected judge of Division N of the 24th JDC. She served as judge of Division N, winning re-election to her district court seat in 1996. In October of 1998 she was elected to Division D of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, the first woman to be elected to that Court. She was re-elected in 2002 and 2012. In January of 2013, she was sworn in to her new term as the first female Chief Judge of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Chehardy’s appointment comes on the heels of Justice Greg Guidry’s confirmation as a judge to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and his subsequent retirement from the Louisiana Supreme Court last month. Chehardy’s appointment will be effective July 26, 2019 through December 31, 2019 or until the vacancy is filled, whichever comes first.