October 1, 1981, marked a milestone in the history of our federal courts. On that day the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reorganization Act of 1980 (Reorganization Act) divided the" former fifth circuit" into the" new fifth circuit," composed of the District of the Canal Zone, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and the new" eleventh circuit," composed of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
Thomas E. Baker,
Precedent Times Three: Stare Decisis in the Divided Fifth Circuit
, 35 Sw. L.J. 687
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