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Morey Leonard Sear

Morey Leonard Sear, American federal judge, educator. Bar: Louisiana 1950. Decorated Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa (Panama) with grade of grand official.


  • Sear, Morey Leonard was born on February 26, 1929 in New Orleans. Son of William and Yetty (Streiffer) Sear.

  • Education

    • Juris Doctor, Tulane University, 1950. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tulane University, 1999.


    • Assistant district attorney, Parish Orleans, 1952-1955. Individual practice law Stahl & Sear, New Orleans, 1955-1971. Special counsel New Orleans Aviation Board, 1956-1960.

      Magistrate United States District Court (eastern district) Louisiana, 1971-1976, judge, from 1976, chief judge, 1992-1999. Judge Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, 1982-1987. Adjunct professor Tulane University College Law.

      Former chairman committee on administration of bankruptcy system, former chairman advisory committee on bankruptcy rules, former member committee on administration of federal magistrate system Judicial Conference United States, member judicial panel on multidist. litigation. Former member Judicial Conference of the United States and Its Executive Committee. Former member circuit council 5th Circuit of the United States.

      Founding director River Oaks Private Psychiatric Hospital, 1968.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Louisiana 1950.


    President Congregation Temple Sinai, 1977-1979. Board governors Tulane Medical Center, since 1977. Former chairman Tulane Medical Center Hospital and Clinic, 1980-1985.

    Member American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Order of Barristers, Order of the Coif (honorary).


    • Married Lee Edrehi, May 26, 1951. Children: William Sear II, Jane Lee.
    • father: William Sear
    • mother: Yetty (Streiffer) Sear
    • spouse: Lee Edrehi
    • children: William Sear II Sear
    • Jane Lee Sear
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    Born February 26, 1929
    Died September 6, 2004
    (aged 75)