American Judges Association


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Court Review, Volume 48, Issue 3, page 59


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As a newly elected trial judge in the state of Louisiana in 1996, one of the most important decisions I made was joining the American Judges Association, the Voice of the Judiciary®—the premier organization of judges, for judges. That marked the beginning of my commitment to becoming the best judge I could be, and to working to make our judiciary the finest in the world.

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving with my family, I feel compelled to begin my year as president of the American Judges Association by pointing out all the thank-yous I have for our organization.