Higginbotham sworn in as AJA President

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Judge Toni Manning Higginbotham, a Louisiana native, has been sworn in as the President of the American Judges Association (AJA), The Voice of the Judiciary. The professional association was founded in 1959 and has grown to a membership of over 3,000 judges from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.

Last Friday, the AJA swore in Higginbotham in New Orleans, Louisiana, at their conference held in partnership with the Louisiana Judicial College. The officers for the 2012-2013 year include, President-Elect Judge Elliott Zide from Massachusetts, Vice-President Judge Brian MacKenzie from Michigan, Secretary Judge John Conery from Louisiana, Treasurer Judge Harold V. Froehlich from Wisconsin, Immediate Past President Judge Kevin Burke from Minnesota and Governor At Large Judge Elizabeth Hines from Michigan.

"I am very humbled and honored be leading the AJA's mission--to promote and improve the administration of justice for all people, to maintain the independence of the judiciary, to provide a forum for the education of judges and the general public, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas among all judges," Higginbotham said.

Judge Higginbotham is a Louisiana Court of Appeal Judge. She is also a candidate for the November 6, 2012 Louisiana Supreme Court Justice election. She formerly served as a Family Court Judge for 14 years, where she served as Chief Judge, maintained a private law practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and served as counsel to the Louisiana Police Jury Association. She is the former president of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.