CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| OCTOBER 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today the election of 15th Judicial District Court Judge Jules D. Edwards, III,
as Chair and citizen-member Carol LeBlanc as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. Additionally, the Court
announced the appointment of attorney Kelly McNeil Legier as the new Judiciary Commission Counsel succeeding attorney
Clare Fiasconaro upon her retirement.
Judge Edwards succeeds Carol LeBlanc as Chair of the Judiciary Commission. A native of New Orleans, Judge
Edwards received his undergraduate and law degrees from Loyola University in 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 National Guard until 2007. He served in the Infantry, Artillery, and in the Judge
Advocate General’s Corps. He also 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
In addition to his regular judge duties, Judge Edwards served as Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court 2001 -
2003, and has been a pioneer of drug courts and re-entry courts. Prior to serving on the court, he served as an Indigent
Defender Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Counsel to the Louisiana Senate’s Select Committee on Crime and Drugs, and
a partner of the Edwards and Edwards Law Offices. He was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in 2013. Judge
Edwards was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a judge-member of the Judiciary Commission.
Carol LeBlanc succeeds Judge Jules Edwards as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission. She served a previous term
on the Judiciary Commission which ended in 2013 and also served as Chair 2011 - 2012. She has a long history of civic
service in Lafourche Parish and in state government. LeBlanc is Past-President of the Bayou Industrial Group and has served
as a member of the Louisiana State Mineral Board, the Lafourche Council on Aging, the Lafourche Chambers of Commerce,
and the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District. In 2005, she was inducted as an honorary member of the Louisiana Center
for Women & Government Hall of Fame at Nicholls State University. LeBlanc was selected by the Louisiana District Judges
Association to serve as a citizen-member of the Judiciary Commission.
Attorney Kelly McNeil Legier received her undergraduate and law degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans in
1989 and 1993, respectively. Prior to her position as Judiciary Commission Counsel, she served as an Administrative Law
Judge for the Louisiana Division of Administrative Law in Baton Rouge and as the first Director of Member Outreach & Diversity
for the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) in New Orleans. Before the LSBA, Legier worked in the Staff Attorney’s Office
of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She clerked for Judge Carl E. Stewart on the United States Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals and Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. In
addition to clerking, Legier spent several years in private practice in the area of employment law and commercial litigation in
large local and international firms. She practiced with Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson, LLC; Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP (a Kansas City based firm); and Proskauer Rose LLP (a New York based firm).
Legier serves on the LSBA Diversity Committee. She is a past member of the LSBA of Governors and has served on
the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association 2002 - 2014. She was President of the Louis
A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. 2004 - 2006 and was on the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Board of Directors
2004 - 2010. Legier is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably including: the National Diversity Council’s
2013 Louisiana Multicultural Leadership Award; the LSBA 2004 President’s Award; City Business 2004 Success Guide “Person
To Know;” and in 2012, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.’s Vanguard Award from the Baton Rouge Chapter and the
Legacy Award from the New Orleans Chapter.
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