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Lafayette City Court Judges Announce the Appointment of C. Michael Hill as Marshal of the Court

The Judges of the City Court of Lafayette announced today that C. Michael Hill, a Lafayette Attorney and former Federal Magistrate Judge, has been appointed as Marshal of the Court.

As a result of the suspension from office of Marshal Brian Pope, it is necessary that a person be appointed to handle the duties and responsibilities of the Lafayette City Marshal.   The operation of Lafayette City Court and the duties performed by the Lafayette City Marshal's office must continue uninterrupted.

To guarantee the continued operation of the Marshal's office during the period of suspension of Marshal Pope, Louisiana law provides that a Marshal be appointed by the judges.  The Marshal will be called upon to handle the administrative duties of a City Marshal. Those duties include the safety of those entering the Court building, the service of the Court's orders as well as the execution of arrest warrants for those that choose to ignore their obligation to appear in court.

Hill, working with Chief Deputy Phil Conrad and other deputies, will supervise the day to day operation of the Marshal's office. Hill's experience as a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, federal and state criminal defense attorney and most recently Federal Magistrate Judge of the Western District of Louisiana will most assuredly accomplish the goal of the Judges, which is to maintain the smooth operation of the Marshal's office.

C. Michael Hill was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana on July 31, 2001. He was reappointed effective August 1, 2009 and retired in 2015. He graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., with Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude, in Political Science in 1971. Mr. Hill was awarded his J.D. by the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, in 1976, and worked on the staff of the Law Center from 1976-1977. He was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1977, and is a member of the Bar of the Fifth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and all of the United States district courts in Louisiana. Mr. Hill served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana from 1977-1982. Mr. Hill is engaged in the private practice of law in Lafayette, Louisiana. During that time Mr. Hill primarily engaged in a litigation practice, including criminal defense, plaintiff personal injury, insurance defense and business litigation, primarily in Federal Court.

Accordingly, we are pleased and honored to appoint, C. Michael Hill, to act as Marshal until such time as his appointment is either extended by the Lafayette City-Parish Council or his successor named, or Marshal Pope is reinstated.

Judge Francie Bouillion, Division "A" and Judge Douglas J. Saloom, Division "B"

For more information, please contact: Laura Stout, Lafayette City Court Administrator at (337) 291-8742