Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position Associate Justice, Supreme Court, 7th District
NameJudge Terri F Love

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Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
Present Employer / positionAppellate Judge of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
Length of residence in Jurisdiction37 Years
List of educational institutions and degreesJackson State University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1983
Tulane Law School, Juris Doctor, 1986
University of Virginia, Master of Laws in the Judicial Process, 2004

New York University School of Law's Institute for Appellate Judges, Appellate Procedure, 2001 George Mason School of Law Collegium, Economics and Law, 2003
Brookings Institute, Judicial Efficiency, 2003
International Judicial Academy, The Hague, Netherlands, 2007
Prior elected and appointed positionsJudge Ad Hoc of the Juvenile Court of Orleans Parish (1993-1994)
Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans (1994-1995)
Judge of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans (1995-2000)
Judge of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal (2000-Present)
Civic involvement and affiliations1. Greater Saint Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church - Member, Activity Director for Seniors
2. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Chair of the Cancer Survivor Luncheon
3. New Orleans MLK, Jr. Holiday Planning Commission - Chair, 2019 and 2020
4. College Track & JOB1 - Mentor
5. Family Justice Center - Board Member

Questions specific to the position

1. Discuss your prior court experience with emphasis on criminal and civil law as a practicing attorney and as a District Court Judge. I litigated for ten years with a practice that focused on family law, and included civil & criminal law matters. I represented both public & private clients, including the City of New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board. As a judge, I served in Juvenile Court for a year and Civil District Court for Orleans Parish for five years, presiding over hundreds of civil trials.
2. Describe your appellate practice trial experience as an attorney, or as an appeals court judge. As an appellate judge for 20 years, I have authored over 700 appellate opinions on both civil and criminal matters and issued over 2,000 interlocutory criminal and civil writ dispositions. This work has given me a clear understanding of all levels of our judicial systems, a necessity for any Supreme Court Justice.
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? Chief Justice Johnson has led the charge for equality in our judicial system by mandating implicit bias training for judges. I believe that continuation of these efforts would further ameliorate concerns around disproportionate impacts for African Americans. As a Justice, I would recommend that we utilize established training sessions for all judges to focus on dismantling institutionalized racism through a multi-cultural lens. Additionally, I would recommend that all three branches come together and examine the issue of institutionalized racism to determine whether laws or procedures need to be changed.

Additionally, I believe that building a diverse pipeline to practice is key to ensuring that racial disparities in the legal system are eliminated. For that reason, I am an avid youth mentor through the College Track and Job1 programs and chair of numerous scholarship endeavors. In addition, I host a yearly Law Day program for students to expose them to the judicial process.
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? In May 2020, the Supreme Court made great strides in correcting a number of deficiencies in the system for disciplining judges. The amended rules provide that the Judiciary Commission hearings shall be open to the public, however, the rules do not state the manner by which the public should be notified. Therefore, the public’s right to know needs to be actualized.

Louisiana residents should also have greater access to judicial discipline records. I believe the Supreme Court struck the correct and delicate balance regarding the confidentiality of complaints prior to charges. Complaints must be investigated. Until a matter is investigated and charged a judge should be entitled to the presumption of innocence. However, under the current rules a complainant or witness is always free to discuss the underlying facts of the complaint and if the complaint is dismissed, the fact that a complaint was filed and the proceedings themselves. The Judiciary Commission should develop a public platform that identifies judges who have been charged with misconduct and provides pertinent information.
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? Our modern-day court system is driven by Benjamin Franklin’s belief that “an equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every party is entitled to …'. Thus the Court must serve as an unbiased, impartial resource for all those with issues that need to be addressed. However, I believe that efficiency in the court leads to better outcomes for all who await resolution of their concerns, especially lower-income and indigent parties whose lives and livelihoods may be at stake. As a Justice, I would propose improving the litigation process through the implementation of my chief administrative goals:
1. Establish a task force to study judicial delays to ensure alignment with national standards and, ultimately, exceed those standards.
2. Increase public confidence and understanding of the judicial process by creating a greater partnership with the Louisiana Center for Law & Civic Education and the New Orleans Bar. This partnership will encourage current members of the association to engage in civic education throughout the state.
3. Seek to establish a Supreme Court pronouncement that encourages the utilization of technological advances to grant the public greater access and exposure to court activities and the judicial system as a whole.