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2011 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 FEBRUARY 17, 2011


Chief Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball announced today that the Louisiana Supreme Court has kicked off a new program, the Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute (LJLI), and has selected the inaugural class of 36 judges who will participate in the year-long program. Co-Chairs and also participants of the Institute will be Chief Justice Kimball and Justice Greg G. Guidry.

According to Chief Justice Kimball, "The purpose of the LJLI, as envisioned by the Louisiana Supreme Court, is to serve as an organizational enrichment tool to assist in developing leadership skills, to increase awareness of leadership and management issues and challenges, and to provide a network of court leaders across the state who are actively involved in improving leadership skills and court operations."

All full-time Louisiana appellate and district court judges were invited to apply to participate in the inaugural 2011 class. The Institute will consist of five sessions from March to November, 2011, and will take place in cities across the state, including New Orleans, Alexandria, Lake Charles, and Baton Rouge.

According to Justice Guidry, "The response to the Institute was overwhelming and we received numerous, qualified applications. We could not accept all the interested applicants because small classes are essential to the Institute experience. We anticipate that the LJLI will be an annual program and we look forward to many more judges participating in an Institute class over the coming years."

Harold Suire, President of Baton Rouge-based Education, Research and Information Services, Inc., has been selected to direct the LJLI. He has founded and facilitated leadership programs throughout Louisiana and the United States, and has presented in Asia and Europe.

The Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute Class of 2011 includes: 22nd Judicial District Court (JDC) Judge Dawn Amacker; 32nd JDC Judge Randy Bethancourt; 15th JDC Judge Marilyn Castle; 5th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Susan Chehardy; 16th JDC Judge John Conery; 26th JDC Judge Jeff Cox; 22nd JDC Judge William Crain; 1st JDC Judge Scott Crichton; 14th JDC Judge Lilynn Cutrer; Orleans Juvenile Court Judge Mark Doherty; 18th JDC Judge William Dupont; 5th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Marion Edwards; 4th JDC Judge Daniel Ellender; Orleans Juvenile Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier; Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Greg Guidry; 9th JDC Judge Donald T. Johnson; Chief Justice Catherine Kimball; Orleans Civil District Court Judge Madeleine Landrieu; 17th JDC Judge Walter Lanier, III; 29th JDC Judge Lauren Lemmon; 24th JDC Judge Hans Liljeberg; 4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Terri Love; 4th JDC Judge C. Wendell Manning; 19th JDC Judge Anthony Marabella, Jr.; 24th JDC Judge John Molaison, Jr.; 28th JDC Judge J. Christopher Peters; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jimmie Peters; 21st JDC Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks; 14th JDC Judge David Ritchie; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux; 4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Max Tobias, Jr.; 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jewel Welch, Jr.; Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White; 5th Circuit Court of Appeal of Judge Fredericka Wicker; 3rd JDC Judge Cynthia Woodard; and East Baton Rouge Family Court Judge Lisa Woodruff-White.



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