St. Bernard to have first female judgeAug 26th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: Top Story
This October, the race to fill the seat for 34th District Judge Division B will mark a milestone in St. Bernard Parish history—we will be receiving our first ever female judge.
Qualifying for the race closed last week and the only two candidates to make the ballot were Kim Cooper Jones (R) and Jeanne Nunez Juneau (D), both of whom are longtime residents of St. Bernard and graduates of Loyola Law School. Both candidates also claim to be well versed in criminal and civil law as well.
Jones has been a practicing attorney in the Parish for more than 20 years and has been a partner at the Law Firm of Ginart and Jones since 1993.
Juneau has 16 years of legal experience under her belt, and has spent the last 12 of those years managing her own law firm, the Law Office of Jeanne Juneau. She is currently on leave from her position as Executive Counsel for the Parish President while pursuing judgeship.
These two contenders have both proven their legal prowess in the parish and are excited to be a part of this St. Bernard milestone.
Jones and Juneau will be battling it out to fill the Division B seat that was vacated by Manuel “Manny” Fernandez earlier this year, and that is currently being filled on an interim basis by retired judge Robert “Bobby” Klees, a former chief judge of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I have the skills to ensure fair, swift justice,” said Juneau. “I will do everything possible to rid our courts of frivolous cases that do little more than clog the system.”
“I feel that my past experiences have prepared me for this position and I’m very honored to be a part of making history,” said Jones. “A more diverse bench would provide for a strong and diverse judicial leadership in our court system.”
Election day is October 19.