Retired 34th JDC Judge Manuel “Manny” Fernandez, 71, died Saturday, February 8, 2014. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1964 and his LLB degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1967. He was in the private practice of law from 1967 until his 2001 election to Division B, 34th JDC, St. Bernard Parish. From 1976-1988 he served in the Louisiana State Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives for District 104, serving on the Civil Law and Procedure Committee and the Louisiana Law Institute among others. He was named Legislator of the Year in 1986 by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. From 1988-1989 he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, Louisiana Governor’s Office.