CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today that William “Bill” W. Hall and 4th Judicial District Judge Sharon I. Marchman have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, respectively.
Hall succeeds Carol R. LeBlanc of Lafourche Parish as Chair of the Judiciary Commission. Hall is an attorney in private practice in Jefferson Parish. He received both his undergraduate degree (1971) and law degree (1973) from Louisiana State University. From 1973-1987 Hall was an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish and from 1980 -2006 he served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. An active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Hall has served in leadership positions on the Committee of Professional Responsibility and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, and the Louisiana Defense Counsel Association. In 1992 he served as Chair of the Louisiana Lawyer Disciplinary Board. In 2009 Hall was selected by the Conference of Court of Appeal Judges to serve a four-year term as an attorney member of the Judiciary Commission.
Judge Marchman succeeds William “Bill” W. Hall as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission. She received her undergraduate degree (1982) and her law degree (1985) from Louisiana State University. After working as a law clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, she entered private practice with the Monroe firm of Theus, Grisham, Davis and Leigh where she became
a senior partner. In 2000, she was elected to the Fourth Judicial District Court and has served as Chief Judge. Judge Marchman presides over juvenile court as well as adult drug and DWI court for Morehouse and Ouachita Parishes. She also established a juvenile drug court for Ouachita Parish which has become a MacArthur Foundation Models for Change site. Judge Marchman was awarded the Alton E. “Jake” Hadley Award for outstanding work in drug court, as well as the Louisiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Family Advocacy Award and the Monroe Region of the National Association of Social Workers Public Official of the Year Award. In 2009 Judge Marchman was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a judge member of the Judiciary Commission.
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