UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MARCH 2, 2000
EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
Counsel are hereby advised that I currently serve as an unpaid Assistant Professor of Law on the adjunct faculty of the Tulane University School of Law. I am unaware of any circumstance presented by this situation that would require my disqualification under 28 U.S.C. §455(b), and I have no doubt that I am able to handle the captioned matter in this Court in a fair and impartial manner. However, because my "impartiality might reasonably be questioned" as provided in 28 U.S.C. §455(a),
IT IS ORDERED that counsel for all parties must discuss the matter with their respective clients and advise the Clerk of Court, in writing, no later than March 17, 2000, whether they desire to waive the possible ground for disqualification disclosed above, in accordance with the procedure set forth in 28 U.S.C. §455(e), and whether they desire that I should continue to handle this case. Unless all parties unanimously waive, in writing, any perceived problem with this circumstance for Section 455(a) purposes, I will order this case realloted to another Magistrate Judge Section of this Court.
After March 17, 2000, the Clerk of Court is directed to advise me whether or not the parties have unanimously agreed on this matter but will not disclose to me the identity of those who have responded or the substance of their response.
No orders concerning discovery or other matters will be entered by me in this case pending receipt of the parties' responses on or before March 17, 2000.
|ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE
EDUCATIONAL FUND ET AL.
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s/ Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr.
JOSEPH C. WILKINSON, JR.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
cc: LORETTA G. WHYTE, CLERK OF COURT
Note: On March 20, 2000, a new magistrate judge was assigned to this case.