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2001 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  JANUARY 8, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Benjamin Jones, President of the Louisiana District Judges Association (LDJA), announced today that district judges will dedicate 2001 to creating partnerships with their local elementary, middle and high schools to promote better understanding of the law and the judiciary through the recently adopted "Judges in the Classroom" program. The statewide program involves regular participation by district judges in classroom discussions as well as opens courthouse doors for class visits, mock trials and courtroom presentations.

"At our annual fall conference, there was overwhelming support among district judges for implementing the 'Judges in the Classroom' program. We are currently in the process of developing a syllabus of materials to assist judge/teacher partners in designing their own lesson plans to fit class levels, topics of interest, and learning objectives," Judge Jones said.

Implementation of the first phase of the LDJA's "Judges in the Classroom" program is expected during the spring of 2001. In the meantime, the "Judges in the Classroom" Implementation Committee encourages district judges throughout the state to continue to welcome requests to visit local schools and to host courtroom visits as they have done in the past.

The Implementation Committee members include the 2000-2001 LDJA officers: President - Judge Benjamin Jones, 4 th Judicial District Court; First Vice-President - Judge Durwood Conque. 15 th Judicial District Court; Second Vice-President - Judge Patricia H. Minaldi, 14 th Judicial District Court; Secretary - Judge Michael G. Bagneris, Orleans Civil District Court; and Treasurer - Judge Jerome J. Barbera, III, 17 th Judicial District Court; along with Judge Mary Hotard Becnel, 40 th Judicial District Court and Judge W. Ross Foote, 9 th Judicial District Court.

For more information about the Louisiana District Judges Association's "Judges in the Classroom" program contact LaKoshia Roberts at (318) 361-2259.

 

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