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With the election rapidly approaching on November 3, 2020, the Lafayette Bar Association feels it necessary to provide an opportunity for voters to educate themselves on the candidates currently running for the seat(s) of 15th JDC Judge, City Court of Lafayette, and 15th JDC District Attorney. As a means of reaching the voters, the Lafayette Bar has established a page on their website dedicated to providing basic candidate information. 

Candidates for the election on November 3, 2020, were asked to submit biographical information in order to appear on this web page. Be advised that the Board of Directors does not check or verify the accuracy of any fact or assertion made by a candidate in response to the candidate form.


Voter Guides
Voter's Guide - Lafayette Parish, 15th JDC
Lafayette Parish is divided into Sections 1, 2, and 3. Find the section you live in by locating your address on the map. Then, on the chart, view which division(s) your section votes for. Click photo to enlarge.



















Voter's Guide - Acadia Parish, 15th JDC
All of Acadia Parish votes as Section 4, but some areas of Acadia Parish also vote in Section 1 (see Section 1 in pink on map). Find the section you live in by locating your address on the map. Then, on the chart, view which division(s) your section votes for. Click photo to enlarge.



Voter's Guide - Vermilion Parish, 15th JDC
All of Vermilion Parish votes as Section 5. Find the section you live in by locating your address on the map. Then, on the chart, view which division(s) your section votes for.
 


Open Seats / List of Candidates

15th JDC Judge Division A 
currently held by Hon. John D. Trahan


15th JDC Judge Division B 
currently held by Hon. Jules D. Edwards III


15th JDC Judge Division C 

currently held by Hon. Edward B. Broussard


15th JDC Judge Division D 
currently held by Hon. Edward D. Rubin


15th JDC Judge Division K 
currently held by Hon. Patrick L. Michot


15th JDC Judge Division M 
currently held by Hon. Charles Fitzgerald


15th JDC District Attorney
currently held by Keith Stutes


Lafayette City Court Judge Division A
currently held by Hon. Frances M. Bouillion


Michael H. Landry

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division A
Ballot No. 78
 
Undergraduate Education: LSU BS Finance 1991
 
Legal Education: Loyola University New Orleans School of Law 1995
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1995
 
Professional Experience: Practicing 25 yrs. 4 yrs Baton Rouge; 21 years Crowley; 1 yr L. Jerome Stanley and Assc, Baton Rouge - Gen Civil Practice; 3 yrs In house defense counsel LA Municipal Assc - Insurance Defense; 21 yrs Landry, Landry & Landry General Practice - General Civil Litigation of all kinds, Commercial/Business/Banking, Bankruptcy (Creditor), Real Estate, Successions, Family Law, 10 yrs with PDO - Children in Need of Care and Juvenile/Adult Crimes 
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Assc; Acadia Parish Bar Assc; US District Court Western District of Louisiana; US Bankruptcy Court Western District of Louisiana
 
"I have a broad base of legal experience and knowledge of the law both substantive and procedural. I have practiced in 15 different judicial districts in 18 different parishes and my view of what a good judge should be has been shaped by that experience. I pledge to work hard; to maintain regular office hours; and to always be accessible to law enforcement, DCFS, attorneys and others. I pledge to prepare by reading all briefs and pleadings and conducting independent research.  I pledge to accommodate parties and their attorneys and give them quicker access to the courts by entertaining special fixings where possible. I will listen to the facts and apply the law as written to fairly and impartially administer justice. Finally, I have an even temperament suitable to the bench and pledge to treat any and all who come before me with dignity and respect."
 
Learn more at: https://landryforjudge.com​
 

Scott J. Privat

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division A
Ballot No. 79
 
Undergraduate Education: The Catholic University of America - Political Science 2001
 
Legal Education: Loyola College of Law - 2008
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 2008
 
Professional Experience: General Civil Practice - Family law, wills, successions, property transactions, oil & gas, property disputes, contract disputes and many other areas. Criminal - Public Defender from 2009-2015.  Assistant D.A. in Acadia Parish from 2015-Present.  Multiple bench and jury trials including misdemeanors and major felonies
 
Professional Affiliations: LSBA, Lafayette Bar Association, Acadia Parish Bar Association, Crowley Rotary Club, Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited.
 
"I have well rounded experience in civil and criminal matters along with a record of trying civil and criminal cases, both bench and jury."
 
Learn more at: https://www.privatforjudge.com/
 

Travis Broussard

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division B
Ballot No. 72
 
Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from LSU in May 2007
 
Legal Education: I earned the degree of Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Southern University Law Center in 2010, graduating in the top 10% of my class. While at SU, I served as Senior Editor of the Southern University Law Review and competed nationally in trial competitions, including the 2009 Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Competition, at which I was named Best Advocate from among more than 200 competitors. 
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 2010
 
Professional Experience: Since 2016, I have been City Attorney for the City of Opelousas. From 2015 through 2017, I was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center . I am a partner at the law firm of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann, where I have worked since 2011. My practice is focused on business and general civil litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, including bench and jury trials.
 
Professional Affiliations: Lafayette Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association; American Inns of Court - Acadiana Chapter 
Treasurer of the Louisiana Civil Law and Litigation Section; Member of the Louisiana Municipal Association; Board Member of the Lafayette Education Foundation; Admitted in Federal Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Louisiana
 
"I have dedicated my career to serving our community through service to our state and local bar associations, our schools, and through faith-based ministries. My experiences have been deeply humbling and will make me a grounded, approachable judge. As an attorney and a citizen, I have always sought to live out the values of honesty, integrity, dedication, leadership, and compassion for others. I will lead our court with those same values. I also have a record of earning and maintaining public trust, having served 2 administrations as Opelousas City Attorney. As your judge, I will continue to do everything I can to build and maintain public trust. I am energetic and passionate about serving Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion Parishes. I truly feel called to serve on the district court. No candidate will work harder, or dedicate himself or herself more fully to the cause of justice, than I will."
 
Learn more at: https://www.electbroussard.com/
 

 Shytishia "Sam" Flugence

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division B
Ballot No. 73
 
 
Undergraduate Education: 2002 Graduate UL BA Political Science
 
Legal Education: 2005 Graduate Southern University Law Center
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: March 2006
 
Professional Experience: Candidate did not provide a response.
 
Professional Affiliations: Louis A. Martinet Legal Society - Past President; Louisiana State Bar Association; Admitted to practice in Louisiana Courts including US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
 
Candidate did not provide a response.
 
Learn more at: https://www.voteflugence.com/
 

Valerie Gotch Garrett

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division B
Ballot No. 74
 
Undergraduate Education: Holy Rosary Institute, 1978 University of Southwest Louisiana (USL), Bachelor of Arts in Upper Elementary Education and Public Relations & Interpersonal Communication 1983/1984
 
Legal Education: Southern University Law Center, Juris Doctorate, May 1992
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1992
 
Professional Experience: I have practiced law in Lafayette for 26 years, focusing on family law cases, criminal defense, and personal injury. I have served our community as a Federal Public Defender and as a 15th Judicial District Public Defender, handling Juvenile, Capital, Felony and Misdemeanor cases. I've also handled Appellate work for both the 5th Circuit and the Louisiana State Courts. My work has earned me the distinction of being named a 2019 & 2020 Super Lawyer, 2019 & 2020 Top Lawyer published by Acadiana Profile Magazine, Outstanding Solo Practitioner Award and the Louisiana State Bar Outstanding Citizen Award for 2020, Pro Bono Service Award to Louisiana Indigents, the Pro Bono Publico Outstanding Award and the Louisiana State Bar Association's Pro Bono Century Exemplary Leadership Award. 2020 Crystal Gavel Award 
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association; Louisiana Association for Justice; served on the Diversity Committee and served as a House of Delegates Member; Lafayette Bar Association, served on various committees; Junior League of Lafayette; Lafayette Airport Commission and Chairperson; United Way Advisory Women Committee; Autism Society of Acadiana's Board of Directors; Also was named one of Lafayette's Women Who Means Business, received the 2016 Lafayette Committee on the Needs of Women Founder's Award and the 2016 Trailblazer Award
 
"I have been a part in this community all my life. It is my hope that the service I have provided is sufficient for the people to elect me based upon my service and experience. I have been an experienced and respected Lafayette attorney for 26 years and I have earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for the people of Acadiana. As Judge, I will strive to provide equal and fair access to the judicial system. I will also provide education for our community about the judicial system and continue to advocate for increased mental health programs." 
 
Learn more at: https://valerieforjudge.com/
 

Tommy Frederick

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division C
Ballot No. 72
 
Undergraduate Education:  University of Southwestern Louisiana (ULL) Bachelor of Science, 1980
 
Legal Education: Paul M Hebert Law Center, LSU Juris Doctorate, 1989
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1989
 
Professional Experience: Judicial Law Clerk, 15th JDC, Div G, Solo practitioner, first as a Public Defender and then as an Assistant District Attorney.  Tried several felony jury trials to verdict, including one death penalty case through the penalty phase.  Presided as the Judicial Commissioner for the past 18 years.
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association
 
"My main attributes are that I am experienced, local and dedicated.  My 18 years of service as the Judicial Commissioner have provided me with the opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to operate the judge's office.  It has allowed me to work within the confines of the court calendar to smoothly manage my dockets.  It has also allowed me the opportunity to work with attorneys, clerks and law enforcement and to build relationships with these stakeholders.  I was born and raised in Vermilion Parish and have always maintained a legal presence in the parish.  I have volunteered in youth leagues for 20 years and serve as a Eucharistic Minister in my church parish.  I have dedicated the past 18 years as Commissioner to working seven days a week, including holidays and being on 24 hour call for law enforcement.  It is this type of work ethic that I will bring to Division C."  
 
Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/TommyFrederickforJudge
 

Ricky LaFleur

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division C
Ballot No. 73
 
Undergraduate Education: Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Criminal Justice 1986
 
Legal Education: Loyola University School of Law, Juris Doctorate 1989
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1989
 
Professional Experience: Law Clerk to the Honorable Jeannette T. Knoll, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, 1989-1992; Associate with Cooper, Ortego & Woodruff, Abbeville, La. 1992-1996; Law Office of J. Ricky LaFleur, Abbeville, La. 1996-Present. Family law practice including divorce, child support, child custody and adoptions as well as successions and wills; business law and real estate transactions and appointed counsel cases.  Prosecutor for the Mayor's Court in Maurice and Delcambre, general counsel for the Village of Maurice and the Abbeville Housing Authority, and volunteer attorney for the Friends of Palmetto State Park, Inc.
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association; United States District Court, Eastern District
 
"My greatest strengths are my even temperament, ability to understand the controversy at hand and fashion an outcome that is fair to all involved as well as researching the law applicable to the case so that justice can be dispensed in a timely manner.  Additionally, my three years as an appellate law clerk working on both civil and criminal appeals and my experience representing parties involved in juvenile court and my law practice have taught me how important a fair and impartial judge is to the dispensing of justice for all litigants. I believe it is equally important that a judge not forget that first and foremost he or she is a public servant who is elected to the bench to provide a fair and impartial forum for all litigants so that justice can be delivered in an efficient, fair and transparent manner."
 
Learn more at: http://www.lafleurforjudge.com/
 

George Andrew "Andy" Veazey

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division C
Ballot No. 74
 
Undergraduate Education: LSU, B.S. Accounting in 1989
 
Legal Education: LSU, J.D. in 1992 
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1992
 
Professional Experience: After graduating, I clerked for a year with Judge Byron Hebert in the 15th JDC, and then clerked for Judge Richard Putnam in U.S. District Court for the W.D. La. I worked for Jeansonne and Remondet from 1995 to 2003, and have been a partner in the law firm of Veazey Felder & Renegar since 2003. I have maintained a general civil practice with a concentration in commercial litigation, property rights, corporate transactions and personal injury litigation. I have represented a full spectrum of clients from individuals to small businesses to large publicly-traded companies. 
 
Professional Affiliations: I was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in October of 1992 and the State Bar of Texas in December of 1999. I am also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana. I am a member of the John M. Duhe American Inn of Court and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 
 
"I believe that my extensive experience in handling complex civil litigation for a multitude of clients on both sides of the aisle and an even temperament are probably my greatest strengths as a candidate. I come as someone who does not have an agenda and who understands the difficulties of the practice and the stress that litigants experience. I pledge to always remember the duty of professionalism that judges as officers of the court must demonstrate to all attorneys and litigants who appear before them."
 
Learn more at: https://www.veazeyforjudge.com/
 

Royale L. Colbert

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division D
Ballot No. 75
 
Undergraduate Education: USL Graduated in 1996
 
Legal Education: Southern University 2000 U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School 2006
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 2000
 
Professional Experience: U.S. Army / Airforce Reserve JAG 2006-2018; La. Attorney General Civil Section 2002-2004; Allstate Insurance Company 2004-2007; 15th JDC Public Defenders Office  2009- 2014; 15th JDC  District Attorney Office Felony Division 2014 - Current; Private Practice  2000- Current Personal Injury and Civil law
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association; National Association of Black Prosecutors; Admitted to Federal and State Court in Louisiana
 
"My faith in God guides me. A lifelong resident of Lafayette from the Truman subdivision, I have a love for the people of Acadiana that is unmatched. I know the people of the 15th JDC having volunteered in the community for the last 30 years. I have been a soldier with the 256 and 926th as both enlisted and an officer. I was a public defender first. I know the people of my district intimately from living amongst the community. As a prosecutor I brought that same compassion to the other side with an understanding.  My experience in both the civil and criminal realms from both sides of the table is unmatched among any of the candidates.  As a Mason and member of Alpha Phi Alpha I know how to serve my fellow man and woman."
 
Learn more at: https://royaleforjudge.com/
 

 
Amanda Martin

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division D
Ballot No. 76
 
Undergraduate Education: University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently ULL) Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law, Minor in English1983
 
Legal Education: Southern University Law Center Juris Doctorate 1988

 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: April 1989
 
Professional Experience: Corporate Law-- Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas 1989-1992; Solo practice - LA and TX, 1994-present (Criminal law, personal injury, sports and entertainment law, family law, contract law, employment law, bankruptcy, workers' compensation, and civil litigation); Philip Layer & Associates, Dallas, TX (2003-2005)---Family law and criminal law; Gallas & Schultz, Kansas, MO (2004-2009)--Represented Chase Bank in bankruptcy creditor-debtor cases; 15th JDC Public Defender's Office (2011-2018)--public defender in Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes; Attorney General Jeff Landry (2018-present)--Assistant attorney general who prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases in LA

 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar (1989); Texas State Bar; LA and TX Federal Courts; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Louisiana District Attorney Association; National District Attorney Association; National Bar Association; Attorney General Designee Agent for Governor's DWI Task Force
 
"Born, raised and educated in Lafayette, LA; Over 30 years of experience litigating and advocating thousands of cases in criminal and civil law; Balanced legal career working as a solo practitioner, member of a law firm, public defender, and assistant attorney general. Dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono legal services in the community; Leadership skills in running solo practice and section chief in Drug Track in Lafayette Parish and Drug Court defense attorney; felony supervisor and mentor in Vermilion Parish Public Defender's Office; Sponsored youth in sports, tutoring services for youth, supplied school supplies and school uniforms for underprivileged kids in the community; Compassionate and committed to being fair and impartial in serving all people of the 15th JDC with the utmost integrity, respect and professionalism; A new voice in the new normal bringing about a NEW DAY FOR JUSTICE by  making just decisions for the betterment of the 15th JDC community so that our children can have a brighter future."
 
Learn more at: https://www.voteamandamartinforjudge.com/
 

Dwazendra "Dwa" Smith
 
Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division D
Ballot No. 77
 
Undergraduate Education: Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSU-S) B.A. in Political Science 2006
 
Legal Education: Southern University Law Center J.D. 2009
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 2009
 
Professional Experience: I am a partner at Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. Over the course of my career, my practice has included, but not been limited to, insurance defense, premises liability, the representation of corporations in complex legal matters, Criminal Law (state and federal level) Personal Injury (state and federal level), Family Law and Estate Planning.  I have managed all phases of the litigation process, including conducting discovery, arguing motions, preparing cases for trial, and trying cases.  I have litigated many cases, both criminal and civil, throughout the course of my career.  In law school, I also clerked for Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and the late great Judge Ralph E. Tyson, who was the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  I learned a lot firsthand from two of the most prestigious judges in our state, including what the position entails and what it takes to properly and efficiently run a courtroom.  In addition, I have handled over 84 pro bono cases throughout the course of my career and have provided over 600 pro bono hours ensuring that regardless of socioeconomic status, my pro bono clients had access to a zealous advocate.     
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors Member for the Third Board District; Louisiana State Bar Association Outreach Committee; Louisiana State Bar Association Access to Justice Subcommittee; Lafayette Bar Association; Lafayette Bar Association Family Law Section; Lafayette Bar Association Pro Bono Advisory/LVL Committee; National Bar Association; Texas Bar Association; Admitted to practice in all Louisiana and Texas state courts, before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Federal CJA Panel; Junior League of Lafayette Provisional Class; Women of Wisdom; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; American Inns of Court Acadiana  
 
"My life experiences have made me the most qualified for this position.  My journey to where I am today has not been traditional.  The adversities I faced as a young, single mother have taught me to be compassionate, understanding, disciplined, resilient, and have propelled me to where I am now. I have real-life experiences, and you cannot diminish that. Life has taught me to be fair equally across the board, my experience in the courtroom, both as a pro se litigant and an attorney, has molded me to be unbiased and my divine purpose has committed me to being focused on upholding the rule of law.  Additionally, I have practiced all the areas of law that I will preside over, granting me vast knowledge and understanding of these matters. These combined attributes have made me uniquely qualified, molded and built to be your next 15th JDC Judge for Division D."
 
Learn more at: https://dwaforjudge.com/
 

Michele Billeaud

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division K
Ballot No. 82
 
Undergraduate Education: University of New Orleans 1988 Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology
 
Legal Education: Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, Ca. 1993 Juris Doctorate
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1993
 
Professional Experience: I was a prosecutor in New Orleans practicing in the criminal nonsupport, juvenile, magistrate and felony trials divisions. In private practice, I focused on family law and employment law litigation, handling cases involving divorce, child support and custody, community property, sexual harassment, and age discrimination. As a public defender, I served as a section chief, supervising full time attorneys, as well as representing clients with felony charges. I was a founding member of the Lafayette Parish Drug Court Program, representing clients charged with drug crimes and nonviolent felonies. As a prosecutor in Lafayette Parish, I am the lead felony prosecutor in track 4 handling cases ranging from felony theft to 1st degree murder. To date in civil and criminal practice I have tried 75+ jury trials and countless judge trials and motion hearings. 
 
Professional Affiliations: I am licensed to practice law in Louisiana. I am also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. I am a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lafayette Bar Association, where I serve as vice president of the Criminal Law Section, and of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association. I am a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.) with Hearts of Hope and of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette. 
 
"After 26 years of trying civil and criminal cases before judges and juries, I possess the courtroom experience necessary to serve as District Court Judge. In civil practice, I handled cases with complex issues and understand the need for a judge who will listen and fairly apply the law. As a 20-year prosecutor, I have convicted some of Acadiana's most violent offenders and am a firm believer in law and order. I also believe in rehabilitation over incarceration whenever possible. Once elected, I want to build on the success of drug court by further implementing our veteran's and mental health courts. Professionally, I have a reputation for being prepared, professional, respectful, ethical, and fair, and I will bring those qualities to the bench. I promise to listen to both sides before reaching a fact driven, objective decision based on applicable law, while upholding the rights guaranteed by the constitution. 
 
Learn more at: https://billeaudforjudge.com/
 

Kay Karré Gautreaux

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division K
Ballot No. 83
 
Undergraduate Education: Our Lady of Fatima High School - Valedictorian 1980; University of Louisiana at Lafayette Bachelor Arts & Humanities - Magna Cum Laud in Political Science 1984
 
Legal Education: Paul M. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University Juris Doctor 1987
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1987
 
Professional Experience: Attorney at Law – 1987-2020 (33 years)    Kay Karre’ Gautreaux, LLC – Attorney at Law 2003-present;   Lafayette City Prosecutor 2017-2020;   Indigent Defender 2004-2020; Rabalais, Hanna & Hebert – 2000-2003;  Law Clerk for Judge John M. Shaw USDC- – WDLA – 1988-2000;  Law Clerk for Judge Bennett Gautreaux 15th Judicial District Court – 1987-1988; I have practiced both insurance defense & plaintiff personal injury.  I have tried both civil and criminal cases in both state and federal court, handling jury and non-jury trials. I have served as a judicial law clerk in both state and federal court, researching and writing legal opinions and managing a large docket. My current areas of practice include Successions, Wills, Business litigation, Personal injury, Family Law, Criminal Law, & Interdictions,  I have tried numerous non-jury and jury cases in my 20 years of practice in the private sector.  I have handled every aspect of a litigation practice including discovery, conducting depositions, motion practice, research and brief writing, mediation, conducting jury voir dire and preparing jury instructions. I was appointed on several occasions by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a Judge Pro Temp making me the only candidate with some judicial experience.
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Association (Past Board of Directors), United States District Court for Western District of Louisiana, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana , United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Board Past President, Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow. I was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court on several occasions to serve as a Judge Pro Temp.
 
"I have practiced law for 33 years in both civil and criminal law.  My diverse experience in all areas of the law and courts makes me the most qualified candidate.  I have extensive experience in civil litigation, which is the primary caseload of Division K.  My experience as a judicial law clerk for Judge John M. Shaw (WDLA) and Judge Bennett Gautreaux (Div. K - 15th JDC), have given me first-hand experience of the internal work of a Judge's office and the Court.  I understand the needs of the attorneys to keep cases moving efficiently.  I have a strong academic record and I am a diligent legal researcher.  I am committed to following the law and have a reputation for being a hard worker.  In my current practice I have hundreds of individual clients in both civil and criminal law. I understand the needs of the litigants that resort to the legal system for relief.  I was born and raised in Lafayette and I understand the community I will serve. My record of volunteerism throughout my life demonstrates my desire to better my community. I am honest in my dealings and I believe that the role of a judge is to be a public servant.  I am committed to being prepared, being a good listener, being respectful, and being accessible to the lawyers when disputes arise."
 
Learn more at: https://kgforjudge.com/
 

Glynn Shelly Maturin II

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division K
Ballot No. 84
 
Undergraduate Education: University of Louisiana Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 1993
 
Legal Education: Southern University Law Center Juris Doctorate 2000
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 2000
 
Professional Experience: Private practice for 20 years. Handling all civil matters, including: bankruptcy, family law, Louisiana workers' compensation, wills, successions, Jones Act, maritime, United States Longshore and Harbor workers' compensation, and social security disability. Have tried cases in Federal, State, City and Administrative Law courts.
 
Professional Affiliations: Member of Louisiana State Bar Association and Lafayette Bar Association. Admitted to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal Courts.
 
"Having practiced for 20 years, I believe I have the most diverse civil experience of any candidate. I have litigated cases in just about every area of civil practice in Federal, State, City and Administrative courts. Service to our community is my first and primary goal. In upholding our nations' laws and constitution, I will ensure that all are treated fairly, with dignity and respect."
 
Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/maturinforjudge/
 

George R. Knox

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division M
Ballot No. 85
 
Undergraduate Education: Texas A&M University B.A. (History) 1987
 
Legal Education: Paul M. Hebert Law Center at L.S.U. Juris Doctorate 1990
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: April 1991
 
Professional Experience: Family Law Attorney (1991 - present) City Attorney, City of Youngsville (2002 - present)
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Association
 
"I have nearly thirty years of experience specializing in Family Law. I have also served the public as the City Attorney for the City of Youngsville for the past eighteen years. As the only candidate in this race with children, I believe that my legal experience, and more importantly, my life experience as a parent of three boys, make me uniquely qualified and the clear choice to serve as our next Family Court Judge. As a parent, I know that family issues can be varied and often multi-layered. Even those decisions that seem simple require thought, patience, and a willingness to listen to both sides of the conversation before making a decision. My many years of Courtroom experience have provided me with insight into how legal decisions can and often do affect families in very meaningful ways. My goal is to bring my proven experience, both in the home and in the courtroom, to serve as our next Family Court Judge."
 
Learn more at: https://www.georgeknoxlaw.com/
 

Dona Renegar

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division M
Ballot No. 86
 
Undergraduate Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Bachelor of Arts, English, December 1988, magna cum laude Bachelor of Arts, French, December 1988, magna cum laude; Most Outstanding Graduate Fall, 1988; Studied abroad junior year in Mons, Belgium on CODOFIL scholarship
 
Legal Education: Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana Juris Doctor, May 1992, cum laude
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1992
 
Professional Experience: I have been a member of my current firm of Veazey, Felder & Renegar, LLL for almost 16 years where my practice is primarily family law and worker’s compensation defense.  Prior to my current firm I practiced with Jeansonne & Remondet, LLC for 10 years during which I had a general litigation practice in worker’s compensation defense, insurance defense and family law.  Prior to working at J&R I worked for Acadiana Legal Service Corporation in both their Alexandria and Lafayette offices for 3 years practicing exclusively family law and specializing in representing victims of domestic abuse.  I also had the honor of being President of the Louisiana State Bar Association from 2017-2018.  I have tried approximately 10 jury trials acting as first chair in about half of the trials and second chair in about half of the trials.  I have tried hundreds of bench trials over my almost 28 years of practice.
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana State Bar Association, President 2017 through 2018; Access to Justice Committee; Access Justice Commission; Lafayette Bar Association; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Greater Lafayette Chapter; Louisiana Bar Foundation: Fellow, Chair of LRAP Subcommittee for IOLTA Grants; John M. Duhé American Inn of Court; University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association; Lafayette Women’s Foundation, teaching Parents and the Law courses to local inmates, pregnant teens, recovering addicts, and victims of domestic abuse; Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers
 
"My whole life, I have been called to serve and running to be our next Family Court judge is where I feel I am most qualified. The question everyone asks is, “Dona, why Family Court?” and my answer is simple and honest - I have worked my entire career trying to help families in their most trying times.  Right out of law school, I was recruited by law firms, but I turned those jobs down because I wanted to work for families who could not afford an attorney.  Working in poverty law (now called civil legal aid), I saw how important a fair and impartial judge was to the future of these men and women and their children.  That first impression has never left me and I intend to be a judge that will fairly interpret the law based on 4 pillars: Respect Every Litigant and Attorney, Put Acadiana’s Children First - Every Time and All the Time, Uphold the Dignity of Every Family Member, Do Not Legislate from the Bench. I have proudly practiced family law for 28 years.  I have expertise in this area of the law and I will be a judge that you will be proud of. I love being a part of Acadiana for more than 26 years and I bleed UL vermilion and white.  I give my time to make this community a better place alongside all of you and I am asking for your support to be your next family court judge."
 
Learn more at: https://donarenegar.com/
 

Susan Theall

Division: 15th Judicial District Court Judge, Division M
Ballot No. 87
 
Undergraduate Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, BA 1980
 
Legal Education: Loyola University, JD 1985
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1985
 
Professional Experience: Licensed to practice law for 34 years practicing almost exclusively in the area of family law. 
 
Professional Affiliations: Lafayette Bar Association, Family Law Section of the Lafayette Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation
 
"I have extensive experience in family law, am a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and have previously served our community as family court Judge, Division M, 15th Judicial District Court.  I understand the stress that families go through in the divorce process and have the knowledge, experience and necessary empathy to rule on family court issues.  As a leader, I will continue to make changes in Division M to run the docket more efficiently and will continue to innovate.  In the past, I started the Family Court Initiative, Kids First, a drug evaluation, treatment, and monitoring program to help parents who have substance abuse issues which impacts their ability to effectively parent their children."
 
Learn more at: https://susanforjudge.com/
 

Daniel "Danny" Landry III

Division: 15th Judicial District Attorney
Ballot No. 80
 
Undergraduate Education: Lafayette High School 1974, Louisiana State University Bachelor's Degree Political Science 1978
 
Legal Education: Louisiana State University Law School Juris Doctorate 1981
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1981
 
Professional Experience: Staff Attorney Third Circuit Court of Appeal (1981-1982), Attorney General Practice - Civil (1982 - Present), Felony Assistant District Attorney (1984 - Present), First Assistant District Attorney 15th Judicial District (2014 - Present), Director Pre-Trial Intervention Services (2014 - Present)
 
Professional Affiliations: Admitted United States Supreme Court; Admitted US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Admitted Western, Middle and Eastern US District Courts; Admitted Louisiana Supreme Court and all courts of the State of Louisiana; National District Attorney Association; Louisiana District Attorney Association; Louisiana State Bar Association; Lafayette Bar Association
 
"For the last 36 years, I have served as a Felony Assistant District Attorney and currently serve as the First Assistant District Attorney. I have been responsible for overseeing operations of the District Attorney's office, as well as supervising all major cases being prosecuted in the three Parishes. In my time as First Assistant, I have helped streamline the budgeting process and implemented a new case management system to make the criminal justice system accountable as well as saving taxpayer dollars. I have also prosecuted some of the most violent killers, rapists, child molesters and drug dealers in our community, while working with youth and first time offenders to give them a second chance and keep them from going down the wrong path. Most importantly, I have a passion for public service and have lived in this community my whole life and have dedicated my life's work to fighting for our families and seeking justice for victims."
 
Learn more at: https://www.daniellandry.com/
 

Donald D. "Don" Landry

Division: 15th Judicial District Attorney
Ballot No. 81
 
Undergraduate Education: 1973 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
 
Legal Education: Southern University Law School Juris Doctor degree - 1976.
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1976
 
Professional Experience: Partner in the firm of Perrin, Landry & Delaunay with forty-four (44) years of experience in a general practice.  Former Assistant District Attorney with thirty-four (34) years of experience. Over thirty (30) years experience in municipal law.
 
Professional Affiliations: Member of the Louisiana and Lafayette Bar Associations admitted to practice before all State courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court.
 
"Having served my country as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and my thirty-four (34) years of experience as an Assistant District Attorney, I can provide a new kind of leadership in the District Attorney's office.  My ability to communicate and cooperate with public officials and the victims of crime and our community make me the most qualified candidate."
 
Learn more at: https://www.donaldlandry.com/
 

Jules D. Edwards III

Division: Lafayette City Court Judge Division A
Ballot No. 88
 
Undergraduate Education: 1981 graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana B.A. in Sociology.
 
Legal Education: 1984 graduate of Loyola Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana 
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: April 1985
 
Professional Experience: 1993-2020 Judge,15th Judicial District Court, Division "B", 1986 - 2007 Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 2002 - 2007 State Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, Louisiana, 1986-87 Counsel to the Select Committee on Crime and Drugs, Louisiana Senate,1988-92 Edwards & Edwards Law Offices, Partner,1987 Assistant District Attorney, Orleans Parish,1986-87 Staff Attorney with Orleans Indigent Defender Program, 1985-86 Private Practice.
 
Professional Affiliations: Lafayette Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Judges Association of the Third Circuit, and the Louisiana District Judges Association
 
"I have the skills, education, and experiences needed to serve as a city court judge on day one. I have 27 years of judicial experience and 30 years of military experience. I am ready to move upstream in our judicial system and work with people who are having their first encounters with the judicial system, to carefully listen to them and resolve their disputes in ways that enhance our sense of safety and community. I have the proven capacity to inspire people to leave the road to perdition and move onto the road to contribution. Youthful offenders accept my directions because I earn their trust by the way I treat them in the courtroom. I am curious, diligent, patient, dignified, courteous, and yes, firm yet fair. I enjoy the reputation of being one of the hardest working judges in our state. Please help me bring this to Lafayette City Court."
 
Learn more at: https://www.edwardsforcityjudge.com/
 

Michelle Odinet

Division: Lafayette City Court Judge Division A
Ballot No. 89
 
Undergraduate Education: Newcomb College of Tulane University, BA, 1990 
 
Legal Education: Tulane University Law School, JD. 1993 
 
Date of Admission to the LA Bar: October 1993
 
Professional Experience: I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, where I prosecuted child support evaders, juvenile delinquencies, and adult criminal matters ranging from Disturbing the Peace to First Degree Murder. I spent 5 days a week in the court room trying multiple cases a week, and sometimes multiple cases in a day. Upon moving to Lafayette, I worked for Breaud & Lemoine handling insurance defense cases. Realizing I missed the courtroom, I moved to the Lafayette Parish Indigent Defender’s Office where I was assigned to Lafayette City Court. I remained in Lafayette City Court until I was hired by the Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s Office, where I prosecuted Domestic Violence and felony Narcotic cases. Several years later, my husband and I were blessed with two sets of twins. I maintained my license and kept up with the law, while I homeschooled our children through grammar school, middle school, and the last two through high school. I returned to the Public Defender’s Office, where I am assigned to Lafayette City Court representing the indigent on the criminal and traffic dockets. 
 
Professional Affiliations: Louisiana Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Association
 
"I am the only candidate currently working in Lafayette City Court, which has allowed me the unique knowledge and understanding of issues that impact the accessibility and efficiency of Lafayette City Court that adjudicates civil and criminal matters for some of the most indigent in our community. The court room experience I gained through the Orleans and Lafayette District Attorney’s Offices and Indigent Defender’s Office alone is more than most lawyers experience in their entire career. Having the opportunity to practice law as prosecutor, public defender, and civil defense attorney has given me a unique perspective I intend to bring to the bench. My commitment to making informed, open minded, and level-headed decisions have not only been exemplified by my work in the court room, but also displayed in my decision to scale back my legal career to homeschool my children. I have been fortunate to practice before numerous Judges in both Orleans and Lafayette Parishes, who have displayed judicial integrity and wisdom. I know the importance of equity, and I promise to apply the law fairly and equally to ALL individuals."
 
Learn more at: https://www.odinetforjudge.com/​