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Chief Judge John Michael Guidry will serve as the commencement speaker for the upcoming Southern University Law Center Commencement Ceremony
Chief Judge John Michael Guidry of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal will serve as the commencement speaker for Southern University Law Center’s Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, January 21, beginning at 10 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.
Guidry, a 1987 cum laude graduate of the Law Center, has served as an adjunct professor at SULC since 1988 and served for 25 years as an adjunct professor in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University Baton Rouge. He is a former commissioner of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission.
While maintaining a general private law practice, Guidry formerly served as the assistant clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives and an Assistant Parish Attorney for the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. In 1991, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and the State Senate in 1993. Guidry was first elected as a judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeal in October 1997.
On January 1, 2023, Guidry made history when he became the 15th Chief Judge of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal and the first African American to hold that position in the more than 100-year history of the court.
Over forty graduates will receive their Juris doctorate degrees during the ceremony. The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Law Center’s YouTube channel and website.
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