Legal & Judicial Experience & Judicial Temperament & Interpreting the law as written
I practiced law for 21 years before becoming a judge. My law practice included every type of legal matter from a broad variety of backgrounds to prepare me to deal with all of these cases on the Court of Appeal.
The ultimate goal in custody cases is to determine what is in the best interest of the children. As a Family Court Judge, I handle these types of cases every day. Although adoption cases are handled in the Juvenile Court, I will apply the law as written.
It is difficult to determine if it has been effective or ineffective. I want all dealers off the streets and in jail. As a judge I must follow the law. If the Legislature changes the current law, I have to follow what is enacted into law.
Overcrowding in Louisiana’s prison system is not a judge’s responsibility.
Yes. There is adequate access to legal assistance. There are plenty of attorneys in Louisiana.
A judge must be patient and understanding and not overreact to the actions of the litigants, witnesses or attorneys. A judge must be a calm voice of reason. A judge must be quick to hear, deliberate when speaking and deciding matters and slow to anger.