Criminal Justice Committee


The mission of the Criminal Justice Committee is to develop programs and methods which most effectively allow the bar to work with the courts, other branches of government, and the public to ensure that the constitutionally mandated right to counsel is afforded to all who appear before our courts.

At the request of the Right to Counsel Committee, the LSBA Board of Governors approved a change in the name of the Right to Counsel Committee to the Criminal Justice Committee. The change was made to reflect the interest of the Bar and committee members to be inclusive of all participants when discussing Criminal Justice issues. This website will continue to reference the “Right to Counsel Committee” in regards to work accomplished prior to the name change.


2011 Criminal Justice Summit
The 2011 Louisiana Criminal Justice Summit was convened by the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Committee to help address the ongoing challenges faced by those working in Louisiana’s criminal justice system. At the first statewide Summit, attendees identified six topics that merited shared and immediate attention. After reviewing those topics, the Criminal Justice Summit Planning Committee identified funding as the issue which seemed most critical to maintaining a functional and effective criminal justice system in Louisiana. Funding has long been a challenge for many components of the criminal justice system. As the state faces serious budgeting challenges, improving the efficiency and accountability of the assessment, collection and distribution of fines and costs will serve to improve the funding outlook for the criminal justice system as a whole.
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2012 Criminal Justice Summit
The goal of the LSBA’s annual Criminal Justice Summit is to convene a diverse group of criminal justice community stakeholders in order to effectively address issues of shared concern. In planning the 2012 Summit, there was broad agreement among Committee members, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement and community organizations that Louisiana’s current expungement law and process are in need of study and reform. The 2012 Summit sessions were moderated by criminal justice leadership with the goal of addressing this important issue, arriving at consensus and developing to recommendations for the State Law Institute to consider as they review the current expungement law. Following a series of topical presentations, participants of the Summit engaged in small group dialogue to develop strategies for improving Louisiana’s expungement statutes.
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Baton Rouge LA, 70802
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New Orleans LA, 70130
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New Orleans LA, 70113
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Email: rbourke@thejusticecenter.org
Firm: LA Crisis Assistance Center
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New Orleans LA, 70119
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FAX: (504) 821-5285
Email: dbunton@opdla.org
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Lake Charles LA, 70601
Phone: (337) 436-1718
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Houma LA, 70360
Phone: (985) 873-6831
FAX: (985) 873-6574
Email: inddef@triparish.net
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New Orleans LA, 70112
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Gretna LA, 70053
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Baton Rouge LA, 70808
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301 Main St Ste 700
Baton Rouge LA, 70825
Phone: (225) 219-9305
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Firm: LA Public Defender Board
222 Saint Louis St Ste 550
Baton Rouge LA, 70802-5817
Phone: (225) 389-3400
FAX: (225) 389-5610
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Firm: East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office
601 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans LA, 70130
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Email: amy.duncan@lsba.org
Firm: LA State Bar Association
400 Royal St Ste 1190
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 310-2616
Email: jeagan@lasc.org
Firm: Attorney at Law
800 S Buchanan St Ste 506
Lafayette LA, 70501
Phone: (337) 269-5708
FAX: (337) 269-5726
Email: judgeedwards@15thjdc.org
Firm: State of LA
301 Main St Ste 700
Baton Rouge LA, 70825
Phone: (225) 219-9305
FAX: (225) 219-9326
Email: jfaria@lpdb.la.gov
Firm: LA Public Defender Board
222 Saint Louis St Ste 902
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3114
FAX: (225) 389-5554
Email: lfreeman@brgov.com
Firm: East Baton Rouge Parish Attorneys Office
1100 B Milton St
New Orleans LA, 70122
Phone: (504) 343-7175
Email: mgarvey@laccr.org
Firm: LA Center for Children's Rights
111 Concord St Ste B
Abbeville LA, 70510-4600
Phone: (337) 740-0834
FAX: (888) 332-4880
Email: burtonguidry@gmail.com
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303 S Broad St
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 822-1359
FAX: (504) 822-3861
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504 Mayflower St
Baton Rouge LA, 70802-6419
Phone: (225) 342-1890
FAX: (225) 342-5338
Email: wkline@corrections.state.la.us
Firm: LA Dept of Public Safety & Corrections
4035 Washington Ave
New Orleans LA, 70125
Phone: (504) 457-8302
FAX: (267) 430-2278
Email: vbard@courtwatchnola.org
Firm: Court Watch NOLA
300 North Blvd Ste 8201
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 389-4722
FAX: (225) 389-8952
Email: amarabella@brgov.com
Firm: State of LA
345 Grandpre St
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 344-0300
FAX: (225) 344-0252
Email: mam_opd@bellsouth.net
Firm: 19th JDC Public Defender
601 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 619-0146
FAX: (504) 566-0930
Email: mmollere@lsba.org
Firm: LA State Bar Association
636 Baronne St
New Orleans LA, 70113
Phone: (504) 529-5955
FAX: (504) 558-0378
Email: mercedesm@thejusticecenter.org
222 Saint Louis St
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3412
FAX: (225) 389-5610
Email: hillar.moore@ebrda.org
Firm: East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office
PO Box 788
Amite LA, 70422
Phone: (985) 748-9445
FAX: (985) 748-6637
Email: rmorrison@21stjdc.org
Firm: State of LA
300 North Blvd Ste 8101
Baton Rouge LA, 70801
Phone: (225) 389-4714
FAX: (225) 389-5692
Email: wmorvant@brgov.com
Firm: State of LA
Capital Appeals Project
636 Baronne St
New Orleans LA, 70113
Phone: (504) 529-5953
FAX: (504) 558-0378
Email: cmurell@thejusticecenter.org
Firm: Orleans Public Defenders
2601 Tulane Ave Fl 7
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 821-8101
Email: jpark@opdla.org
Firm: Orleans Public Defenders
13551 River Rd Highway 18
Luling LA, 70070-4261
Phone: (985) 308-1509
FAX: (985) 308-1521
Email: charles@raymondlaw.us
Firm: Attorney at Law
601 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 355-0983
FAX: (504) 355-0971
Email: jonathan.rhodes@laciviljustice.org
Firm: LA Civil Justice Center
208 E Mark St
Marksville LA, 71351
Phone: (318) 240-7217
FAX: (318) 240-9000
Email: criddle777@aol.com
Firm: Attorney at Law
1001 Lakeshore Dr Div E
Lake Charles LA, 70601
Phone: (337) 437-3530
FAX: (337) 437-3332
Email: dritchie@14jdc.org
Firm: State of LA
First City Tower
1001 Fannin St Ste 1800
Houston TX, 77002
Phone: (713) 651-2953
FAX: (713) 651-2952
Email: mdrubenstein@liskow.com
Firm: Liskow & Lewis, APLC
400 Travis St Ste 1500
Shreveport LA, 71101
Phone: (318) 606-4847
FAX: (318) 606-4849
Email: mshapiro@thejusticecenter.org
Firm: LA Capital Assistance Center
901 Lakeshore Dr Ste 800
Lake Charles LA, 70601
Phone: (337) 437-3112
FAX: (337) 437-3306
Email: csigler@cpdao.org
Firm: Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office
7214 Saint Charles Ave
Campus Box 902
New Orleans LA, 70118
Phone: (504) 861-5681
FAX: (504) 861-5440
Email: sisinger@loyno.edu
Firm: Loyola University College of Law
1011 Lakeshore Dr Ste 402
Lake Charles LA, 70601
Phone: (337) 436-3308
FAX: (337) 433-2523
Email: dstewart@swla-law-center.com
Firm: Southwest Louisiana Law Center, Inc
521 Ridgewood Dr
Metairie LA, 70001-6125
Phone: (504) 554-9723
Email: rtompsonpdo@yahoo.com
Firm: 24th JDC
441 Drexel Dr
Shreveport LA, 71106-2307
Phone: (318) 861-2895
FAX: (318) 861-2895
Email: hcw@walkerlyons.com
Firm: Walker & Lyons, LLP
1010 Common St Ste 1950
New Orleans LA, 70112
Phone: (504) 799-4200
FAX: (504) 799-4211
Email: saw@obryonlaw.com
Firm: O'Bryon & Schnabel, APLC
4035 Washington Ave Ste 203
New Orleans LA, 70125
Phone: (504) 383-5707
Email: adrienne@jaclouisiana.org
Firm: Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana
102 Avenue G
Belle Chasse LA, 70037
Phone: (504) 297-5146
FAX: (504) 297-5157
Email: robertwhite@25thda.org
Firm: Plaquemines Parish District Attorney
546 Carondelet St
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 593-0936
Email: jwool@vera.org
Firm: Vera Institute New Orleans
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
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