CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Attorney John “Ross” Smith has been appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore of Division “A”, Orleans Parish Traffic Court, according to Justice Bernette J. Johnson. Smith will fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Dennis Dannel on January 21, 2011. He will serve from September 15 through December 31, 2011, or until further order of the Court.
Smith received his undergraduate degree from Southern University New Orleans in 1983 and he received his law degree from Southern University Law Center in 1988. The year after graduating from law school Smith served as Justice Johnson’s law clerk during her tenure as an Orleans Civil District Court judge. Smith has been in the private practice of law in New Orleans since 1989; serving also as Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans through 2005. During 2009 and 2010, Smith was an Adjunct Professor for Tulane Law School training students in trial preparation, techniques, and procedures.
Smith is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the United States Federal District Court-Eastern District, the United States Federal District Court-Western District, and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.