CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| APRIL 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball announced today, by unanimous decision, the justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court have appointed Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Benjamin Jones as justice pro tempore of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Fourth District, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Chet D. Traylor. Jones’ appointment will be effective June 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009, or until the vacancy is filled.
Judge Jones received his undergraduate degree in political science from Southern University in 1966 and received his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1969. Prior to being elected in 1992 to the bench of the Fourth Judicial District, Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes, he served as a legal services attorney for the Boston Legal Assistance Project, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Boston, Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts, Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability, Policy & Bonds in Boston, and a private practice attorney in Monroe, Louisiana. Additionally, he served as an Army Intelligence Officer 1970-1971.
During his career as a judge, Jones has an outstanding record of professional achievements and service to the judiciary: he has served as judge pro tempore on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport; he is a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada; he is the Past President of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association; he served as President of the Louisiana District Court Judges Association; he served as Chairman of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana; and he sat on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Judicial College.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; the First, Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal; and the Louisiana and Massachusetts United States District Courts.
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