Former Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk Frans J. Labranche, Jr., Passes Away at 89

Published 11:55 am Saturday, September 16, 2023

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Frans J. Labranche, Jr., former Clerk of Court for the Louisiana Supreme Court, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 89. Labranche dedicated much of his life to the legal realm, serving the Louisiana Supreme Court for 18 years.

Labranche’s career spanned from being a deputy clerk and later as the clerk of court for the Louisiana Supreme Court. His commitment to the legal field extended to his service in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General and later as a reserve officer. Born in New Orleans, he pursued education in law, obtaining a juris doctor degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Labranche was president of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks throughout his tenure at the Louisiana Supreme Court, showcasing his influence and standing within the legal community. He was active in several legal associations, including the American, Louisiana State, and New Orleans Bar Associations.

Besides his professional commitments, Labranche was deeply involved in community and religious organizations. He received accolades for his exceptional service, including the St. Ives Award, the J.O. Sentell Award for Leadership and Outstanding Service, and the President’s Award from the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks.

Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court Veronica O. Koclanes acknowledged Labranche’s contributions and legacy: “His unwavering commitment to public service, tireless efforts to improve the operations of the Clerk’s Office, and his legacy of professionalism have left an indelible mark on our Court.”

Reflecting on Labranche’s tenure, retired Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court John T. Olivier praised his transformative impact: “Frans strove to improve the Court’s operations, moving it from cumbersome and weighty bound books, known affectionately as “hernia” books, to computerized data during his tenure.”

Labranche is survived by his family, including his wife of 64 years, Ms. Delphine LeBourgeois, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His legal and local communities’ legacy will be remembered and respected for years.