CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 31, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today that Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Felicia Toney Williams, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Timothy E. Kelley, Dr. Michael S. Blue and Carol LeBlanc have been appointed members of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana.
Judge Williams received her undergraduate degree from Southern University in 1977 and her law degree from Southern University Law School in 1980. She has served as a judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreverport since 1993. From September - December, 1994, she was appointed to serve as an Associate Justice pro tempore for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Prior to her election to the Court of Appeal, she was a district judge for the Sixth Judicial District from 1991-1992. She served as Assistant District Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District from 1982-1990. During this time she was also a partner in the law firm of Williams & Williams, APLC. Judge Williams was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve a four-year term as a judge member of the Judiciary Commission, succeeding Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge J. Jay Caraway.
Judge Kelley received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1976 and his law degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1983. Prior to being elected judge of the 19th Judicial District Judge Kelley was a law clerk to Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Fred Blanche, Jr., was a partner with the Phelps Dunbar law firm and was managing partner for the Kelley & Guerry law firm. For many years he was a certified arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. He is a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association and is a Charter Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Kelley was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve a four-year term as a judge member of the Judiciary Commission, succeeding 19th Judicial District Court Judge Anthony J. Marabella, Jr.
Dr. Blue is a graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Medicine and graduated with honors. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (South Shore) in 2010, and in 2011 he completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Blue is the former Associate Training Director of the Tulane University School of Medicine Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, the former Clinical Director of the Secure Forensic Facility at the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System Forensic Hospital, and the current Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of Visions for Better Health, LLC. Dr. Blue was selected by the Louisiana District Judges Association to serve a four-year term as a citizen member of the Judiciary Commission, succeeding Nannette Smith.
Carol LeBlanc served a previous term on the Judiciary Commission which ended in 2013 and also served as Chair of the Commission from 2011-2012. She is Past-President of the Bayou Industrial Group and has served as a member of the Louisiana State Mineral Board, the Louisiana Retirement Development Commission, the Governor’s Mansion Foundation, the Lafourche Council on Aging, the Lafourche Chambers of Commerce and the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District. She has a long history of civic service in Lafourche Parish and in state government. In 2005 she was inducted as an honorary member of the Louisiana Center for Women & Government Hall of Fame at Nicholls State University. Carol LeBlanc was selected by the Louisiana District Judges Association to serve a four-year term as a citizen member of the Judiciary Commission, succeeding Len Ciaravella.
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