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Martin Landrieu

Word last month that state appeals court Judge Madeleine Landrieu would step down from the bench to become dean of the Loyola law school sparked brief speculation that her brother would run for her seat.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu quickly stifled those rumors, but that seems only to have thinned the field by one Landrieu.

Martin Landrieu, a lesser-known sibling of the mayor and the judge, confirmed Monday that he will run for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal seat that Madeleine Landrieu plans to vacate this summer.

A longtime civil attorney and Lakeview neighborhood activist, Martin Landrieu, 53, joins veteran Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman as the early announced entrants in a race for which no election date has been set.

“Numerous friends and colleagues have suggested that I consider running for the Court of Appeal. I trust and respect their counsel, and I do plan to run for the open seat on the 4th Circuit," Martin Landrieu said in a statement.

"I have actively practiced law for almost 30 years with exceptional lawyers in a well-respected New Orleans firm. I am certain I can bring a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to the appellate bench.”

Martin Landrieu is a longtime attorney in the firm Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan.

His experience on the bench is limited to serving as an ad hoc judge in Juvenile Court, but Landrieu insisted he's ready.

"Numerous well-respected judges serving on the courts of appeal throughout Louisiana have come directly from private practice to the bench," he said. "For me, 30 years of litigation practice in multiple state and federal district and appellate courts gives me a wide range of experience that will serve me well as a judge."

Landrieu, a Loyola law school graduate, is a former president of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association. He also serves as a commissioner of the Lakeview Crime Prevention District and is a Friends of Lakeview board member.

He is the seventh of nine children of former Mayor Moon Landrieu, who himself took a seat on the 4th Circuit bench several years after leaving City Hall.

Pittman, a former prosecutor who has served nine years on the criminal court bench, announced her entry into the 4th Circuit race within hours of Madeleine Landrieu confirming her pending departure.

Pittman said Martin Landrieu called her Monday to let her know he was running.

"I'm still firmly committed," Pittman said. "I believe that my years on the bench of the district court has been a good training ground to prepare me for the 4th Circuit. I am ready to take my career to the next level."

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