While in law school, Lance M. Africk served as governor of the student bar association, a judge of the moot court board, and became a member of the Order of Barristers, a national moot court honorary society. Following a clerkship with the Honorable James Gulotta of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and several years in private practice, Judge Africk worked as an Orleans Parish assistant district attorney and as the Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office from 1977 to 1980 and as an assistant U.S. Attorney and the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s office in New Orleans from 1982 to 1990. In 1990, he was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. On April 17, 2002, he was confirmed as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Judge Africk has authored articles in the areas of criminal law and civil procedure, and he has served as a lecturer at the FBI Academy, University of New Orleans, Tulane University Law School, Loyola University School of Law, and the University of Georgia School of Law. Judge Africk has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and he has lectured at programs presented by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and Louisiana State Bar Association. He served as a board member of the Federal Bar Association, and he has served on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s federal court bench bar liaison committee.
Judge Africk is also a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s executive board and serves as president of that organization. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes. Judge Africk has served on the Civil Justice Reform Act Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Judge Africk was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to the Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law, and he was reappointed to that committee by Chief Justice Roberts. He was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in July 2011.
Fall 2012 - Externship Seminar
Intersession 2012 - Civil Litigation Track