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Richard Bourke

Richard Bourke

Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Richard Bourke is the director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC), a not-for-profit law office that has been representing poor people facing the death penalty since 1994.

Richard graduated from the Melbourne University School of Law in Australia where he also gained a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Criminology. Richard came to New Orleans to volunteer in 1998 and has then worked at the LCAC since 2002 after pursuing a successful career as a criminal barrister in Australia. Richard is certified as capital trial lead counsel in Louisiana and also represents defendants in state and federal capital post-conviction proceedings in Texas, Mississippi and federal courts. In 2007 Richard was awarded the Sam Dalton Capital Defense Award by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Richard is a father of three and before his legal career, Richard worked as a youth counselor and social worker with adolescent victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Richard has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Louisiana Supreme Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, Louisiana’s intermediate courts of appeals and in trial level courts in state and federal proceedings.