Jul 24, 2014 5:51 PM by KATC
With family and friends in downtown Lafayette, Fifteenth Judicial Court Family Court Judge, Susan Theall, officially announced she intends to seek re-election for her seat on November 4th.
"Since being elected, I have worked diligently to bring fairness to the court for every person and every case during a difficult time for families. My only job is to serve the people of this district and with your help, I will continue to do so for another six years," Theall said.
Judge Theall noted that during her three years in office, she was selected to the Supreme Court's Judicial Leadership Institute, was appointed to the Supreme Court's Domestic Violence Education Committee to teach other judges how to handle domestic violence cases, began the only self represented court in the state of Louisiana and started a drug rehabilitation program for parents battling addiction to be able to reunite with their children as quickly as possible.
"I've worked to bring innovation to my courtroom to simply increase access to justice. The self represented docket that we have in Family Court is a one of its kind program in our state. Over the next 6 years, I want to bring even more new ideas, like this one, in to increase efficiency and allow our court to provide solutions for families in the most trying of times," she explained.
Judge Theall noted that she practiced family law for nearly three decades and was a certified Family Law specialist prior to taking the bench. She said here experience includes teaching Family Law Continuing Education throughout the state for 15 years.
Theall added that the Louisiana State Bar Association named her the 1996 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. Theall said that her resume includes service Boards of Directors for the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Lafayette Bar Association, and Faith House. She said she also was a member of both the National Association of Women's Judges and the Louisiana Bar Foundation's Domestic Violence Grants Committee.
Theall defeated Kay Karre Gautreaux in the Nov. 19, 2011, election to her current judgeship.