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The Honorable Freddie Pitcher

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor
State Appellate Court Judge
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/28/1945
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor
State Appellate Court Judge
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/28/1945
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

Former Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr. was born on April 28, 1945, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1962 and earned his B.A. degree in political science from Southern University in 1966. He then received his J.D. degree from Southern University in 1973.

After completing his law degree, Pitcher established the law firm of Pitcher, Tyson Avery, and Cunningham. In 1983, he was elected city-wide as the first African American City Court Judge in the history of Baton Rouge. Four years later, in 1987, he ran a successful city-wide election for the 19th Judicial District. He was the first African American elected to this position. In 1992, he ran unopposed for the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals. Pitcher authored close to 200 judicial opinions while serving on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals. He has taught as an adjunct professor of law at both Southern University and Louisiana State University. He became a partner in the international law firm of Phelps Dunbar in 1997. His practice focused on the areas of commercial, casualty and employment litigation, and he was also a member of the firm’s appellate practice group. Since 2003, Pitcher has been a full professor and Chancellor of Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Pitcher has worked 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. He also held the position of associate justice ad hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Pitcher is a member of the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Recreation Commission Foundation, Woman’s Hospital Founders and Friends Endowment, Our Lady of the Lake College, Young Leaders Academy of Baton Rouge and Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the G. Leon Netterville Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law from Southern University, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from both the Political Science Department and Law Center at Southern University, “Citizen of the Year” by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Lambda Alpha Chapter) and the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Legal Profession from the Louis A. Martinet Society.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher talks about his mother's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls his father's career at the Standard Oil Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his likeness to his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher remembers his father's alcoholism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls visiting New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his relation to Ralph Cato
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls the Valley Park community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his cousin, Alex Pitcher, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his cousin, Alex Pitcher, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his early activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher remembers McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls his teachers at McKinley Senior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his decision to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls matriculating at Southern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher remembers his summer program at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his social life in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls the student sit-ins at Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher describes his early interest in civil rights law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher remembers his U.S. Army service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls being absent without leave from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher recalls his decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher remembers Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher talks about civil law and common law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher talks about civil law and common law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freddie Pitcher remembers his first law practice