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2017 Press Releases



(504) 310-2592


 AUGUST 24, 2017


The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today that Edward J. Walters, Jr., has been appointed as an attorney member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. The Judiciary Commission is a nine-member constitutional body that receives and investigates allegations of judicial misconduct and recommends to the Supreme Court that a judge be sanctioned when misconduct is proven by clear and convincing evidence.

Edward J. Walters, Jr. has practiced law for over 40 years, and is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is listed in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of Personal Injury Litigation, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Walters has also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center for over 25 years, and serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board, and the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Committee.

Mr. Walters was born in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.S., 1969) and the Louisiana State University Law Center (J.D., 1975) where he is a member of its Hall of Fame and was chosen as the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus. He was appointed to the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana for a four-year term commencing September 1, 2017 by the Conference of Court of Appeal Judges to replace attorney Kenneth Michael Wright, who has completed a four-year term on the Commission.

Additionally, the Court announced the appointment of attorney Michelle A. Beaty as Deputy Judicial Administrator - Special Counsel for the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. Beaty earned her BA degree in political science from Duke University in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in 1994. Ms. Beaty began her legal practice handling domestic, bankruptcy, and personal injury cases. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office from 1996-1998 and again from 2003-2008. In 2008, she joined the law firm of Blue Williams as an associate, and in February 2014 was appointed as an Assistant Special Counsel for the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. Beaty rejoined Blue Williams in 2015 as Of Counsel, and was named partner in 2016.

She is a member of DRI and formerly served on its Commercial Litigation Steering Committee and Publications Board. She also serves as a board member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Committee on the Profession. In addition to her professional affiliations, Beaty served as an assistant bar examiner in the area of constitutional law from 2001-2012 and also served as Chair of the Governing Board of Laureate Academy Charter School from 2013 to 2016.

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Attorney Edward J. Walters Deputy Judicial Administrator-Special Counsel Michelle A. Beaty
Attorney Edward J. Walters
Deputy Judicial Administrator-Special Counsel Michelle A. Beaty




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