Board of Trustees

Xavier University of Louisiana

THE HONORABLE IVAN L.R. LEMELLE                                                           
Federal District Judge

A Xavier graduate, Judge Lemelle joined the Board in October 2015.  He is a Senior Federal District Judge for the United States District Court based in New Orleans and is occasionally called upon to serve as a visiting judge in federal district and appellate courts throughout the Nation.

Prior to his appointment by President Clinton in 1998, he was the first African American Federal Magistrate Judge in Louisiana upon appointment by the court in 1984.  His extensive and varied experience includes service in litigating civil and criminal cases; presiding as judge pro tem in local courts; working in judicial and public interest clerkships; and teaching high school, college and law school students.

Judge Lemelle received a B.S. degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1971 and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 1974.

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