Judge Laurie White

Judge Laurie White

The Honorable Laurie A. White is the presiding District Court Judge at Criminal District Court in Orleans Parish, Section “A.” While she has general jurisdiction, she hears only criminal matters. Judge White was elected to the bench in November 2007 to fill a one year unexpired term and ran unopposed in July 2008 being re-elected to a six year term. Since being elected to the bench, Judge White, along with Judge Arthur Hunter of the Orleans Criminal Court, began the Orleans Re-Entry Court Workforce Development Program. Established by legislative enactment in 2010, the Re-Entry Court is an innovative model aimed at reducing recidivism in Louisiana.
Before being elected to the bench, Judge White practiced in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana for twenty (20) years. She began her career as a prosecutor in Orleans and EastBaton Rouge Parishes. She worked as a City Attorney defending the New Orleans Police Department in false arrest and brutality claims and general civil litigation matters. Judge White also practiced in the civil realm as an insurance defense attorney. She ran a successful law firm for fifteen years, managing numerous attorneys and staff while handling all types of criminal matters and other legal cases. In 2012, Judge White was appointed to the Louisiana Sentencing Commission by Governor Bobby Jindal. She currently serves as the 2012-2013 Committee Chair for the Louisiana State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee. Judge White is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all Louisiana Federal District Courts, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Guest Appearances
September 7, 2015
How a program at the infamous Angola State Penitentiary helps inmates re-enter society

What good can some men serving life sentence do for other inmates? A great deal, says Judge Laurie A. White, who co-founded a re-entry program for inmates of the infamous Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. In this episode of Asked and Answered, she tells the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward about how the program utilizes...

May 19, 2015
ABA National Summit: ‘Programs to Bridge the Gap’

In this series of Legal Talk Network interviews, producer Laurence Colletti and ABA Journal Legal Affairs Writer Victor Li interview Professor Andrew Perlman, Shantelle Argyle, Dwight Smith, Judge Laurie White, Terri Mascherin, Judge Ann Aiken, and Steven Crossland. Together, they discuss the mini-presentations that were part of the ‘Bridging The Gap’ speaking event at the...

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