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The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Baked, Stewed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/14/1924
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Baked, Stewed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/14/1924
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Justice Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. was born on June 14, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A veteran of World War II, Ortique earned his B.A. degree in sociology from Dillard University in 1947 and his M.A. degree from Indiana University in 1949. Ortique then earned his J.D. degree from Southern University Law School in 1956.

Ortique began his own private law practice in 1956, working on any type of case but focusing primarily on estate cases. His practice became one of the largest estate practices in the State of Louisiana. As the President of the Community Relations Council, Ortique served as “chief negotiator” for the peaceful desegregation of lunch counters, hotels and other public facilities in New Orleans. He served as the president of the National Bar Association from 1965 to 1967 and President Lyndon Johnson named Ortique to the Federal Hospital Council in 1966. In 1970, in the wake of killings by national guardsmen at Kent State University and Jackson State University, President Richard Nixon asked Ortique to serve on the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest. In 1974, President Nixon appointed Ortique to serve on the newly created Legal Services Corporation, a private, non-profit corporation established by the U.S. Congress to seek to ensure equal access to the criminal justice system by providing civil legal assistance to those who were unable to afford it. That same year, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Ortique as a judge pro tempore of Orleans Parish Civil District Court. In 1979, the citizens of New Orleans elected him Judge of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Ortique was later elected Chief Judge of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court by his fellow jurists.

Over the years, his work with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Legal Aid Committee provided a model for pro bono legal work. Ortique was elected to sit on the bench of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1992. He retired from that position in 1994. In addition, Ortique served as the president of the New Orleans Urban League and was named an alternate to the United Nations General Assembly by President Clinton in 1999. Ortique passed away on June 22, 2008 at the age of 84.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Revius O. Ortique, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Revius O. Ortique, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls his neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls his neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls his neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes New Orleans' Creole community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls his early oratorical skills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. remembers Albert Wicker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls graduating from Gaudet High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls becoming a U.S. Army officer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his U.S. Army service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. remembers his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. remembers Indiana University in Bloomington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. remembers Southern University Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls the African American attorneys in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his civil law practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. remembers the Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls Thurgood Marshall's U.S. Supreme Court appointment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls his federal commission and board service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls joining the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls serving on the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. recalls his appointment to the United Nations General Assembly
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes his hope and concern for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. shares his support for Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered