CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JULY 30, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Attorney Michael C. Darnell has been appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as judge pro tempore of Orleans Parish Traffic Court, Section “D,” according to Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.
Darnell will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ronald J. Sholes. He will serve from August 1,
2013 through December 31, 2013, or until the vacancy is filled, whichever comes sooner.
Darnell received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Yale University. He has been in the private
practice of law since 1982. Formerly a partner with Adams and Reese law firm, since 1995 Darnell has been a partner
in the law firm Murray, Darnell & Associates, LLC. While practicing law, he has served in numerous legal and government
positions including: Councilmember-At-Large and Vice President, New Orleans City Council; Judge pro tempore Orleans
Parish Juvenile Court, Section “C;” Vice President and General Counsel, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority;
Instructor of Public Health Law, Dillard University; Deputy City Attorney, City of New Orleans; Assistant City Attorney, New
Orleans Traffic and Municipal Courts; Assistant District Attorney, 16th Judicial District Court, Parishes of St. Martin, Iberia
and St. Mary; and as a Board Member of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. He also served as
Vice-Chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Corporate Law Firms.
Darnell is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Louis Martinet
Society in New Orleans. He is the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service as President of the Southwest Louisiana Lawyer’s Association.
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