Freddie Pitcher, Jr. (Ret. Judge)
Chancellor and Professor of Law
Courses Taught: Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Criminal Law
Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., a long time adjunct faculty member, was appointed Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center in November 2002, and was given rank of full professor of law with that appointment.
Pitcher has a career of many firsts. He became the first African American elected to a judgeship in Baton Rouge with his election to the City Court in a city-wide election in April 1983. He was the first African American elected to the 19th Judicial District in a parish-wide election in 1987. In 1992, he achieved another first with his election to the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, without opposition. Pitcher has also served as an associate justice ad hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Upon his retirement from the bench in May 1997, Pitcher was named a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Phelps Dunbar LLP, an international law firm. His practice focused on the areas of commercial, casualty, and employment litigation. He was also a member of the firm's appellate practice group.
Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Pitcher was the principal partner in the firm Pitcher, Tyson, Avery, and Cunningham. He has also served as a special counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, and as an assistant district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Pitcher is a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States Eastern, Middle, and Western District Courts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
He earned the bachelor's degree in political science from Southern University in 1966 and a juris doctor degree from Southern in 1973.
Chancellor Pitcher authored over 200 judicial opinions while serving on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal.