|Present Employer / position||Judge, 3rd circuit court of appeal|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||16 years|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||LSU Law, JD degree, 1995|
|Prior elected and appointed positions||Elected to 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in 2008|
|Civic involvement and affiliations||Rotary Club|
Calvary Baptist Church
|1. Discuss your prior court experience with emphasis on criminal and civil law as a practicing attorney and as a District Court Judge.
||for 13 years I had a robust practice of defending families, businesses, and professionals all over the state of Louisiana. There are 42 Judicial District Courts in our state, and I have practiced in 35 of them.|
|2. Describe your appellate practice trial experience as an attorney, or as an appeals court judge.
||for the past 12 years I have been an appeals court judge. That has allowed me to do largely what a supreme court justice does. That is, reviewing the work of other judges and writing legal opinions. In fact, I have written hundreds of them.|
|3. In a June 8th letter, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Johnson acknowledged "the part we each play in maintaining a system that leaves many of our fellow citizens, especially our African American citizens, feeling that they cannot breathe." Do you agree that the Louisiana criminal justice system disproportionately impacts African Americans? If so, what will you do as a Supreme Court Justice to lessen that impact?
||The role of a Louisiana judge is to ensure that every litigant receives a fair trial and that his or her constitutional rights are protected. I have been doing this for more than a decade without regard for race or color. |
|4. It has come to public attention there is a lack of transparency when judges have been disciplined. What will you do to ensure transparency?
||I would open up the proceedings in all cases except where they have been shown to be frivolous or otherwise brought in bad faith.|
|5. What are your views as a judicial candidate about streamlining procedures and preventing lawsuit abuse, while also ensuring access to the courts, particularly for lower income and indigent parties?
||The recent law passed by the legislature to lower the jury threshold and enact other reforms was a good start. But whatever changes are made, they must continue to ensure access to our courts. Programs for indigent parties must continue to be funded.|