CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JUNE 20, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today that 15th Judicial District Court Judge Jules D. Edwards, III and John T. M. Baldwin have been appointed as new members of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana.
Judge Edwards, a native of New Orleans, received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Loyola University New Orleans in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He earned a Masters in Public Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1994, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2005. Judge Edwards enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1977, and served in the Louisiana Army National Guard until 2007. He served in the Infantry, Artillery and in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and also has served as the 256th Infantry Brigade’s Inspector General, and the State Judge Advocate. In 2007 he retired as Colonel of the Louisiana National Guard and was recognized as the best Staff Judge Advocate in the United States.
Judge Edwards has served as Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court and has been a drug court judge and pioneer. Prior to serving on the court, he has also served as an Indigent Defender Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Counsel to the Louisiana Senate’s Select Committee on Crime and Drugs, and a partner in the Edwards and Edwards Law Offices. Judge Edwards was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a judge-member of the Judiciary Commission, succeeding Judge Sharon I. Marchman.
John T. M. Baldwin, a native of Covington, received a B.A. degree with honors in business administration from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas in 1972. He is Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Baldwin Motors, Inc., a Lincoln and Subaru dealership, and is Owner and President of John Baldwin’s Classic Sports Cars, Ltd. specializing in exotic sports cars and historic race cars. Both businesses are located in Covington, Louisiana, and were established in 1950 and 1981, respectively.
Baldwin is a member of the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association where he has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Additionally, he has served on the St. Peter Catholic Church Parish Council and in leadership positions for a number of civic and business organizations, including the Covington Rotary Club, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana Board of Trustees, the United Way St. Tammany Leadership Council, the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and dealer representative on the Lincoln Mercury Dealer Council. In 2002 he co-founded and continues to chair Feeding the Needy, a program organized to deliver over 1500 holiday meals to families on Christmas morning. Baldwin served in the United States Navy Submarine Service. Baldwin was selected by the Louisiana District Judges Association to serve as a citizen-member of the Judiciary Commission, succeeding Carol LeBlanc.
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