The Hon. Jacques L. Wiener Jr. (L '61), United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
The Honorable Jacques Loeb Wiener, Jr., a senior judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and alum of Tulane University Law School’s class of 1961, will be the featured speaker at the 2011 Law School Commencement Ceremony, Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Judge Wiener is a two-time Tulane graduate. He first graduated from Tulane University, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1956. After serving two years active duty with the U.S. Navy, Judge Wiener returned to Tulane for law school, graduating in 1961, Order of the Coif, and editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review
. Following graduation, he returned to Shreveport where he co-founded the firm now known as Wiener, Weiss & Madison, with which he practiced until he was appointed to the Fifth Circuit in 1990. After two decades of distinguished service on the federal appeals court, Judge Wiener assumed senior status on September 30, 2010.
“We are greatly honored that Judge Wiener will return to the Law School to address the 2011 graduates and their families,” said Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer. “This is a year of significant milestones for the Judge—he is turning a corner in his own eminent career by taking senior status and is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of his own graduation from Tulane Law. So he is in an especially good position to offer the graduates some perspective as they launch their careers.”
Today, Judge Wiener resides in New Orleans with his wife, Sandy Feingerts, an employee benefits attorney with Fisher and Phillips. He has four children (two of whom were themselves student editors of Tulane Law Review
), three stepchildren, and nine grandchildren.
Judge Wiener is the first Distinguished Alum to speak at the Law School Commencement Ceremony since the Hon. Edith Brown Clement (L ’72) delivered remarks in 2004.