M'elise Trahan seeks post of City Judge
Crowley attorney Marie Elise “M’elise” Trahan today officially announced her candidacy for Judge of the Crowley City Court, serving the City of Crowley and Ward 6. In making her announcement, M’elise thanked her many supporters who have encouraged her to seek this office.
M’elise began her announcement with a commitment to the people of Crowley and Ward 6. M’elise pledges that she will be a “full time” judge.
M’elise stated, “I have decided that, as judge, I will not continue to spend time practicing law, but will, instead, devote all of my time to the people of Crowley and Ward 6 and the cases that come before Crowley City Court. I will not be a part-time ‘on call’ judge. This will be my full time job. Period. That is my promise to you.”
M’elise continued, “Beside my commitment to serve full time, I will bring to the office of City Judge unmatched judicial experience. I have been a Hearing Officer in the 15th Judicial District Court for the past 13 years. During my years of service to the District Court, I have decided over 10,000 cases that affect people’s lives. I am the only candidate with actual judicial experience deciding cases. That is what the new Crowley City Judge will do. That is what I have done.”
In closing, M’elise said, “A good City Court Judge must know the law. I received my law degree from LSU and I have been an attorney for the past 24 years. A good City Court Judge must also know her community. My husband, John, and I and our two children have lived in Acadia Parish all of our lives, actively contributing to the community. A good City Court Judge, in deciding a case, must also know the difference between a person who has made a mistake and a person who is a hardened criminal. My 13 years of practical experience deciding cases has given me that knowledge. I won’t need on-the-job training. I have the proven experience and the temperament to be an effective, fair and full time City Court Judge. With 24 years as an attorney, and 13 years of experience deciding cases, I hope you will believe that I am the right choice for Crowley City Judge. I believe in you, please believe in me. I humbly ask for your vote and support. Thank you.”
M’elise is an Honor Graduate of Notre Dame High School, a graduate of LSU with a degree in Business Administration and she received her law degree from LSU Law School in May of 1984.
Her extensive legal experience includes serving as a Law Clerk with the Third Circuit Court of Appeal from 1984 to 1987; serving as an Associate Attorney and then partner with Chappuis & Beslin handling a full range of civil, juvenile and family law matters from 1987 to 1999; and serving as Judge Ad Hoc in the Rayne City Court. She has served for the last 13 years as a Hearing Officer in the 15th Judicial District Court for Acadia and Vermilion Parishes.
M’elise is admitted to practice law in all Louisiana Courts. She is a member of the Louisiana, Lafayette and Acadia Parish Bar Associations. She is past president, secretary and treasurer of the Acadia Parish Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Child Support Enforcement Association.
M’elise has been the FINS (Families In Need of Services) Coordinator for Acadia and Vermilion Parishes for the last 13 years. She is a member, director and past secretary for the Louisiana FINS Association.
M’elise established the TASC (Truancy Assessment and Services Center) for Acadia and Vermilion Parishes and is Chairperson of the TASC Advisory Board for Acadia and Vermilion Parishes since 2001. Civic organizations M’elise belongs to are: current vice president of the Children Youth Services and Planning Board of Acadia Parish; current member of the board of directors of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce; and current member of the board of directors of the Crowley Rotary Club. Honors she has received are: the recipient of the 2001 Notre Dame High School “Shoe of Fame” Award; the recipient of the 2001-02 Notre Dame High School Achiever and Supporter of the Year Award; and Honoree at the 2008 National Association of University Women Black History Celebration.
M’elise has served on the Steering Committee for the Annual Crowley National Day of Prayer for the past seven years; served as a mentor in the Sheriff’s BASE Mentoring Program; she is a current Acadia Parish Head Start Advisory board member, serving as chaplain; she has been a weekly volunteer reader at Ms. Bea’s Reading Program at Ross Elementary School since its inception; she is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Community Outreach Corporation; and she is a Solutions to Poverty Coalition member in Acadia Parish.
M’elise as served as a judge for the Annual American Legion Oratorical Contest on all levels for the past 17 years, she is a past member of St. Michael Elementary School Board and she has been nominated for the State Outstanding Hearing Officer Award in 2007 and 2008 at the Annual Support Enforcement Services Conference.
M’elise is married to John D. Trahan of Crowley and they have two children, Adrienne, 18, and Andre’, 17. M’elise is the daughter of Denald and Claire Arceneaux Beslin. M’elise is an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church, where she currently serves as trustee on the Parish Council and has served as past Parish Council president.
The Primary Election for Crowley City Court Judge is Saturday, October 4, 2008. Early voting will take place September 20-27, 2008.