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2013 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 310-2590

 APRIL 8, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today that 19th Judicial District Judge Anthony Marabella, Jr. and Shreveport attorney Jerry Edwards have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, respectively.


Judge Marabella succeeds 4th Judicial District Court Judge Sharon I. Marchman as Chair of the Judiciary Commission. Marabella received his law degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1973. He began his career in Baton Rouge as an assistant parish attorney (1973-1975), served as an assistant district attorney (1975-1978) and later was a Baton Rouge assistant public defender (1978-1980). He was in private practice devoted largely to criminal defense from 1980 until his election in 2003. Judge Marabella presides over the 19th Judicial District Court drug court. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Judge Marabella is a member of many professional organizations where he has served in leadership positions including: Baton Rouge Bar Association President (1994); Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President (1999); East Baton Rouge Parish Indigent Defense Board Chairman (2001-2003); and Ecumenical House Board President. In 2011 Judge Marabella was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a judge member of the Judiciary Commission.


Attorney Jerry Edwards succeeds Judge Marabella as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission. Edwards received his law degree from Vermont Law School in 2005. He has been an associate for the Shreveport law firm Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts since 2006. He served as President of the Shreveport Bar Association Young Lawyers Section in 2009 and on the Board of Directors of the Shreveport Bar Foundation from 2008-2011. Additionally, Edwards has been an active member of many professional and civic organizations including: the Louisiana State Bar Association Leadership Class (2009-2010) and Young Lawyers Division Council; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court; Volunteers of America North Louisiana Board of Directors (2006-2012); Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Initiative Executive Committee (2009); and the YMCA of Shreveport-Bossier City Board of Directors (2008). In 2011, Edwards was selected by the Conference of Court of Appeal Judges to serve as a lawyer member of the Judiciary Commission.

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