LeBlanc makes bid for judges seat

Staff reports
Jessie LeBlanc

Jessie LeBlanc announced today that she is a candidate for judge in the Twenty-third Judicial District in the election scheduled for Saturday, March 24.  LeBlanc seeks to fill the vacancy in Division D created by the appointment of Judge Jane Triche - Milazzo to the federal bench.  Division D is wholly contained within Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parishes. 

“My legal experience, coupled with my service as Hearing Officer and Judicial Administrator for the Twenty-third District Court and the Ascension Parish Court uniquely qualify me to serve you as judge,” LeBlanc said.  “I have the hands-on knowledge of our courts, the experience in its operations and insight into the daily workings of our judicial system that you want, need and deserve in a judge.

Appointed by the judges of the Twenty-third Judicial District Court and Ascension Parish Court as Judicial Administrator and Hearing Officer in 2003, LeBlanc presides over all protective order and criminal child support cases in the three-parish District.  Additionally, she presides over all paternity cases initiated by the Department of Children and Family Services in Ascension Parish. 

“Two-thirds of the Court’s civil docket is made up of family-related matters and I have the extensive expertise to adjudicate these cases fairly,” LeBlanc said.  “My experience as Judicial Administrator gives me the vital knowledge of the inner-workings of the system to keep it functioning efficiently.” 

In 2011 alone, LeBlanc expertly handled 585 protective order cases in Ascension Parish, 138 in Assumption Parish and 76 in St. James Parish.  Since 2003, she has handled roughly 5,000 child support cases between the three parishes which are prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office, involving setting support, ruling on modifications, contempt rules and probation revocations. 

“I also created the Continuity of Operations Plan for the Twenty-third Judicial District Court to ensure services are provided during times of emergency,” LeBlanc said.   

Her extensive history of working with parents and children give her a unique insight into how best to impact the life of a young person, turn him or her away from bad decisions and in some cases, a life of crime.  “As judge, this experience will allow me to know the difference between a hardened criminal and a person who has made a mistake and needs guidance.  I know when to act firmly and when to seek other avenues to help change a life.”

The Louisiana Supreme Court took note of LeBlanc’s experience and appointed her to the Family Court Rules Committee to help develop uniform rules for such proceedings throughout the state.

For five years, LeBlanc served as an Assistant District Attorney, representing various boards, commissions and public bodies including the Ascension Parish Council, Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, Ascension Parish Drainage Board and several Fire Protection Districts.

For two years, she served as Public Defender, providing legal counsel to those persons who could not afford a lawyer.  In that capacity, she primarily represented juveniles in delinquency proceedings and children removed from homes due to abuse or neglect.

LeBlanc operated her own legal practice from 1996 until 2003 where she handled cases for a wide variety of clients in general civil and criminal litigation. 

A 1996 graduate of the LSU Law School, she also completed the LSU Paralegal Program and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from LSU, graduating Magna Cum Laude in only three years.  LeBlanc is a 1988 graduate of East Ascension High School, having graduated third in her class.

She believes in giving back to our community and has an extensive background of service on numerous civic boards and commissions.  A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, she served in that organization’s House of Delegates and is also a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.  LeBlanc’s service to the Twenty-third Judicial District Bar Association includes two terms as President as well as performing the duties of Secretary and Vice- President.  She is active in the association’s annual Toy Drive and Mock Trial Programs.

LeBlanc is an instructor for continuing legal education programs for attorneys, participates in the Kean Miller Connection Law School Preparatory Program and is a member of the Louisiana Court Administrators’ Association, where she serves on the Executive Board.  She is also a member of the Louisiana Hearing Officers’ Association, the National Association for Court Management and the Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court, which works to improve the skills and enhance the professionalism and ethics of attorneys and judges.

LeBlanc is a Member of the Board of Trustees of AMIKids, a national organization dedicated to helping troubled young people.  

Married to David LeBlanc, the couple has three children.  They are members of St. Anne Catholic Church in Sorrento where she serves as a lector and teacher in the Parish’s School of Religion program.  LeBlanc is a member of the pastoral council, was a Trustee for the church and past president of the Ladies’ Altar Society.

LeBlanc is the daughter of Gerald and Mary McCrory and the daugther-in-law of Elwood and Charlene LeBlanc.  Her father served as Ascension Parish Assessor for 23 years. 

For more information, please visit JessieLeBlanc.com.