Local Attorney Jeanne Laborde Announces Candidacy for 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judgeship

LAFAYETTE – Jeanne Laborde, a local attorney, today announced her candidacy for Judge, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, District 5a which includes the majority of Lafayette Parish. The election is scheduled for October 2 to replace Judge Michael Sullivan who recently passed away.

The Court of Appeal is the intermediate appellate court in Louisiana’s three-tiered court system. It is on a level between trial courts, where trials take place, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana which is the highest judicial authority in the state. It does not hear witnesses and it does not accept new evidence. The largest of five intermediate appellate courts in Louisiana, its territory consists of 21 parishes in Southwest and Central Louisiana. There are 12 judges, including a Chief Judge, sitting on the Third Circuit. They are each elected from a voting district in the Court’s territory. In announcing her candidacy, Laborde said, “I deliberately chose the general practice of law over specific concentration in a particular field because I have been interested in all types of law since I was a young adult. I am fully aware of the role of an appellate judge and since entering the practice of law have desired to serve in that capacity.”

“It is my belief that a Judge serving on the Court of Appeal should possess the experience of a practicing attorney and most importantly, have a foundation of knowledge encompassing as many areas of law as practicable. I sincerely believe my well rounded legal experience coupled with my dedication to the law uniquely qualifies me for this position.”

Understandably, most people are unaware of how the Court of Appeal operates. An individual Judge on the Court of Appeal can take no action alone…Third Circuit Judges work on panels, nearly always consisting of three Judges. There are also occasions when the law requires that the panel consist of five Judges or the entire court of twelve Judges.

Laborde added, “I am committed to utilizing my experience, fairness, confidence and wisdom while serving as your Judge on the Court of Appeal. For any difference or variation of opinion relative to defining the law I will work diligently to resolve those differences and in the end, assure justice for all parties involved in the appeal.”

Laborde is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern University Law School and has practiced law since 1997. She has represented clients from all backgrounds in varied areas of the law including: wrongful death, workers compensation, divorce, custody and family matters, successions, wills and trusts, residential and commercial real estate transactions, property disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury and federal Indian law. She has practiced in District Courts within the State of Louisiana, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal as well as the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The daughter of Retired 3rd Circuit Judge P.J. Laborde and Gayle Laborde, Jeanne has two brothers and one sister. Married for 23 years, she and her husband Ronald Eversberg are the parents of three children and have two grandchildren.

In closing Laborde said, “An impartial and efficient judiciary is critical to maintaining and improving our quality of life and I accept a personal responsibility to assure the law is applied properly and quickly to every case before the Court.

Carefully consider the qualifications of the candidates seeking this position on the Court, examine the practical experience, the intellectual capacity and knowledge of the law that each candidate possesses. I pledge to use my experience and Christian values to serve you with honor, integrity and most importantly, to uphold the inalienable rights granted to every American as set forth in our State and Federal Constitutions. I would appreciate your vote and support on October 2.”

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