|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||Appeals Court Judges: 1st Circuit, 2nd Dist., Subdist. 1, Div. A |
|Name||Johanna R. Landreneau|
|Present Employer / position||Attorney, Partner, Landreneau and Associates, LLC; Chief Operating Officer HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||51 years|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||Louisiana State University (LSU), BA, 1987|
Middlebury College, language studies
Paul M. Hebert Law Center - LSU, Juris Doctor (JD), 1992
|Prior elected and appointed positions||Elected President and Board Member of the Tara Club|
|Civic involvement and affiliations||Chief Operating Officer of Non-Profit, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge|
Past Director of Children's Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge
Prior member of Junior League of Baton Rouge
Past President and Board Member of the Tara Club
Volunteer at children's Catholic schools, Our Lady of Mercy School, Catholic High School, and St. Joseph's Academy
Questions specific to the position
|1. Describe your appellate practice trial experience as an attorney.
||I have had a law practice for 27 years representing contractors, businesses, and families. I represent clients in complex construction and business litigation, insurance litigation, and contested and uncontested successions in district courts. I have prepared pleadings, discovery, motions, pre-trial documents and memoranda, jury charges and verdict forms, and proposed judgments. Regarding my appellate practice, I have prepared over two dozen appellate briefs and have at least 14 appellate decisions representing clients in the Court of Appeal.|
|2. Describe your experience researching, analyzing and writing judicial opinions.
||All of my 27 years of legal work representing clients have required research and analysis of judicial opinions in all areas of civil law involving construction, business, trademarks, insurance, property, wills and estate planning, and successions. In representing hundreds of clients over 27 years, essentially every case that I have presented to a district court and Court of Appeal has required research, review, and analysis of judicial opinions.|
| 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? In your role reviewing cases, what can you, as an Appeals Court Judge, do to address this situation?"
||There does appear to be instances of disparate impact of the criminal justice system in the African-American community. It is not the role of the judiciary to make laws, but to apply them. In the application of the laws, the judiciary should take each case based on the facts of the case and the laws allegedly violated when determining guilt and appropriate sentencing for the criminal offense.|
|4. 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?
||As a Court of Appeal Judge, there is not much opportunity to streamline the district court procedures. Expedited case management schedules, mandatory mediation, and loser pay rules may facilitate streamlining cases and discouraging lawsuit abuse. The costs and anxiety created by and associated with litigation have become a burden on families and businesses.|