On the Bicentenary of the Louisiana Supreme Court:
Chronicle of the Creation of a Unique and Beautiful
A. N. Yiannopoulos*
Editor’s Note: The Board of Editors of Volume 74 is thrilled to
welcome Professor A. N. Yiannopoulos back to the pages of the
Louisiana Law Review with his bicentenary remarks in the Chamber
of the Louisiana Supreme Court. His publicist, Professor Paul R.
Baier, joined the LSU Law Faculty a generation ago. He grew up as
a legal scholar in the shadow of his great Greek friend A. N.
Yiannopoulos. As Secretary of the Supreme Court of Louisiana
Copyright 2014, by A. N. YIANNOPOULOS.
* Emeritus (2006) Eason-Weinmann Professor of Law and Chair, Eason
Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law, Tulane University Law
School. Emeritus (1979) Professor of Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana
State University. Diploma in Law, 1950, LL.D 1955, University of Thessaloniki
(Greece); MCL, University of Chicago; LL.M, 1955, JSD, 1956, University of
California at Berkeley; Dr. Jur., 1960, University of Cologne (Germany); LL.D,
1995 (Dr. Honoris Causa), University of Thessalonki. Distinguished Professor,
Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2001. Professor Yiannopoulos is a world renowned
scholar of civil law, comparative law, and maritime law; he is a member of the
Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and reporter for Civil Code revision.
His revision of the Preliminary Title of the Louisiana Civil Code became law in
1988; the revision of several Titles of Book I—Of Persons, including Title I—
Natural and Juridical persons, T itle II—Domicile, and Title III—Absent Persons,
became law in 1988–2009. His revision of the entire Book II—Property became
law in 1977–1980, and his revision of several Titles of Book III—Modes of
Acquiring Ownership of Things, including Title V—Obligations Arising Without
Agreement, Title VI—Matrimonial Regimes, Title X—Annuities, Title XII—
Loan, Title XIII—Deposit and Sequestration, Title XV—Representation and
Mandate, Title XXII—Occupancy and Possession, Title XIV—Prescription,
became law in 1996–2013.
Professor Yiannopoulos has authored three volumes of the Louisiana Civil
Law Treatise, PROPERTY, in 2 LOUISIANA CIVIL LAW TREATISE (3d ed. 1991)
(“Homage To Albert Tate, Jr. And Those Who Will Guard Thermopylae”);
PROPERTY, in 2 LOUISIANA CIVIL LAW TREATISE (4th ed. 2001) (“In gratitude to
those who bestowed the gift of e [Greek, “good life”] Albert A. Ehrenzweig,
Gerhart Kegel, Max Reinstein, Stefan Riesenfeld”); PERSONAL SERVITUDES, in 3
LOUISIANA CIVIL LAW TREATISE (5th ed. 2011) (“For the Women and Men of the
Law who Cherish the Beauty of the Civil Law of Louisiana”); PREDIAL
SERVITUDES, in 4 LO UISIANA CIVIL LAW TREATISE (4th ed. 2013). He has edited
the Compiled Edition of the Louisiana Civil Code (West 2008) and, annually,
softback editions of Louisiana’s Civil Code (West 1980–2014). Dr. Yiannopoulos
is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (The Hague), the
International Association of Civil Procedure, and the American Law Institute. He
continues to teach one course each year at Tulane Law School, pro bono publico,
in his area of expertise, especially the acclaimed Civil Law Seminar.