The Louisiana Supreme Court has appointed Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Susan M. Chehardy as justice pro tempore of the Louisiana Supreme Court, First District. The appointment temporarily fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Greg G. Guidry. Chehardy’s appointment will be effective July 26, 2019 through December 31, 2019 or until the vacancy is filled, whichever occurs sooner.
Judge Chehardy was elected to Division D of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in October of 1998, the first woman to be elected to that Court. She was re-elected in 2002 and 2012. In January of 2013, she was sworn in to her new term as the first female Chief Judge of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.