New U.S. citizen Adriana Aguillon poses with Judge Carl Stewart, who presided over the naturalization ceremony. (Courtesy of The Times)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Carl E. Stewart becomes the first black chief judge of the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Today marks his first day as chief judge of the New Orleans-based appeals court. Stewart succeeds Judge Edith H. Jones, who stepped down from the post.
President Bill Clinton appointed Stewart to the court in 1994. Before that, the 62-year-old served as a state judge in Caddo Parish and was elected to Louisiana's 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.
Stewart received his undergraduate degree from Dillard University in 1971 and graduated from Loyola University's law school in New Orleans in 1974.
The 5th Circuit hears appeals from cases in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.