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Case Name United States v. Franklin Parish School Board SD-LA-0017
Docket / Court 3:70-cv-15632-RGJ-KLH ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) School Desegregation
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 1, 1970, the United States filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against the Franklin Parish (Louisiana) School Board to enjoin the School Board’s operation of a dual school system. The District Court permanently enjoined the School Board’s ... read more >
On May 1, 1970, the United States filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against the Franklin Parish (Louisiana) School Board to enjoin the School Board’s operation of a dual school system. The District Court permanently enjoined the School Board’s discriminatory practice and approved a desegregation plan on August 20, 1970. The presiding judge was Judge Benjamin C. Dawkins Jr..

This case is relatively simple compared to cases that preceded it because it was decided after Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Bd. 417 F.2d 801 (1969). In St. Helena, the Fifth Circuit officially ruled “freedom of choice” plans as inadequate for the purposes of achieving unitary status. For more information on the St. Helena case, see in this Clearinghouse.

There is a relatively sparse record of this case. In October 1974, the District Court allowed the School Board to consolidate three high schools into two. The plan was not against modified until June 1982, where objective criteria for the demotion of personnel was implemented. New Plaintiffs, “Save Our Schools,” tried to intervene in the case in July of 1994 but were denied entry by the District Court (affirmed by Fifth Circuit). “Save Our Schools” was founded by parents who objected to a School Board plan that sought to consolidate schools in the parish, however the plan was never approved by the Department of Justice or the District Court.

The School Board has filed bi-annual reports since the date of the injunction. On March 1, 2013 the School Board filed its Motion for Declaration of Unitary Status. The District Court officially declared the School Board to have achieved unitary status on August 6, 2013 and the case ended then.

Available Opinions
Hall v. St. Helena Parish School Bd., 417 F.2d 801 (1969)
U.S. v. Franklin Parish School Bd., 2013 WL 4017093 (2013)
U.S. v. Franklin Parish School Bd. v. Save Our Schools, 47 F.3d 755 (1995)

Alaael-Deen Shilleh - 04/30/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Busing
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Preliminary relief granted
Reporting
Required disclosure
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Disparate Treatment
Education
Racial segregation
School/University Facilities
School/University policies
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) Franklin Parish School District
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Order Duration 1970 - 2013
Filing Year 1970
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
70-15632 (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0017-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:70−cv−15632−RGJ−KLH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/06/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Order] (417 F.2d 801)
SD-LA-0017-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/28/1969
Source: Westlaw
[Order] (47 F.3d 755)
SD-LA-0017-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/20/1995
Source: Westlaw
United States’ Brief Containing Proposed Finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law [ECF# 71]
SD-LA-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/12/2013
Source: Pro Publica
Ruling (2013 WL 4017093) (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0017-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/06/2013
Source: Pro Publica
Ruling (2016 WL 4017093) (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0017-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/06/2013
Source: Westlaw
Judges Brown, John Robert (Fifth Circuit)
SD-LA-0017-0003
Cabot, Ted (S.D. Fla.)
SD-LA-0017-0003
DeMoss, Harold R. Jr. (Fifth Circuit)
SD-LA-0017-0005
Godbold, John Cooper (Eleventh Circuit, Fifth Circuit)
SD-LA-0017-0003
Hayes, Karen L. (W.D. La.) [Magistrate]
SD-LA-0017-9000
James, Robert Gillespie (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0017-0002 | SD-LA-0017-0004 | SD-LA-0017-9000
Jolly, E. Grady (Fifth Circuit)
SD-LA-0017-0005
King, Carolyn Dineen (Fifth Circuit)
SD-LA-0017-0005
Plaintiff's Lawyers Falkinburg, Thomas (District of Columbia)
SD-LA-0017-0001 | SD-LA-0017-9000
Guzman, Javier M (District of Columbia)
SD-LA-0017-9000
Kassabian, Tamara Hardney (District of Columbia)
SD-LA-0017-9000
Marshall, Franz (District of Columbia)
SD-LA-0017-9000 | SD-LA-0017-9001
Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)
SD-LA-0017-9001
Thompson, Arthur G. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000 | SD-LA-0017-9001
Vincent, Katherine (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-0001 | SD-LA-0017-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Coenen, William Robert Jr. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000
Dill, Pamela W (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000
Foti, Charles C. Jr. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000
Guste, William J. Jr. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9001
Hammonds, Robert L. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000
Knight, John B. Jr. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000 | SD-LA-0017-9001
Ward, John F. Jr. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9001
Wright, Jack Jr. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9001
Other Lawyers Hunt, Joan E. (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000
LeBlanc-Smith, Willa Rebecca (Louisiana)
SD-LA-0017-9000

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