Retired Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Burrell Carter died on November 11, 2019 after a three-month battle with cancer. He was 84.

“He was committed to the law, committed to family, and committed to those who elected him,” First Circuit of Appeal Judge John Michael Guidry said after learning of Carter’s passing. “He worked hard to improve the administration of justice as chief judge.” Carter served as the appellate court’s chief judge for the last 12 years of his 30-year tenure on the First Circuit Court of Appeal, before retiring in 2012.

Carter, who graduated top of his class from LSU Law School in 1958, was elected onto the First Circuit Court of Appeal in 1981 after having served as a state district court judge for seven years in the 21st Judicial District Court. He was a practicing attorney for 16 years between 1958 to 1974, serving as legal representative for the U.S. Farmer’s Home Administration, Edward Hines Lumber Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation and Century Telephone and Telegraph. In the 1980s and 90s, Carter served at various times as an ad hoc judge in the Louisiana Supreme Court and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.