Lincoln Parish lawyer Monique Clement is established to develop into the future judge in the 4th Judicial District Court in Lincoln and Union parishes.
When qualifying for a vacant seat on the court closed July 16, Clement was the only candidate for the Oct. 9 election.
Clement was born and elevated in Thibodaux, with a family members who she described as “holding training vital.”
“I have constantly been supported in that arena,” she explained.
Clement explained as a female she sees the require for much more range on the bench and the way in which the court treats associates of distinct races, but thinks electing top quality judges is also crucial.
“It’s just a balancing,” she claimed.
Clement chose to make Lincoln Parish her residence even though she was attending Louisiana Tech College. She currently resides in Ruston with her husband, Keith, and her daughter, Madeline, who she stated are her most significant supporters.
“They’ve tolerated my late evenings and my tense evenings and they’ve been terrific supporters of my job and me,” she reported.
Clement attended Southern College Legislation Centre, exactly where she labored as a teaching assistant in the place of contracts and family members regulation, and served as a member of the University student Trial Lawyer’s Affiliation, Moot Court Board and the Moot Courtroom Workforce.
Clement turned certified to practice legislation in the condition of Louisiana in 1997 and was later admitted to follow in the Western District Court of Louisiana and the Center District Court of Louisiana.
Clement turned an affiliate at the Legislation Offices of Russell A. Woodard, at some point turning into a companion in 2002. She credits her legislation partner, Rusty Woodard, as becoming just one of her important influences in lifestyle.
“He is been a good mentor. He taught me a ton about how to deal with our shoppers and how to depict our clients nicely,” she said. “He is performed me a wonderful service in getting ready me for this career, just in the mentoring he gave in the authorized trade.”
Clement has been certified by the Louisiana Board of Authorized Specialization as a Board Accredited Relatives Regulation Specialist since 2002 and has labored as an Assistant Examiner for the Committee on Bar Associations because 2008.
She serves on the Loved ones Law Advisory Fee and is also a member of the Louisiana Condition Bar Affiliation, the American Bar Association, the Lincoln Parish Bar Affiliation and the American Enterprise Women’s Affiliation.
Clement has been 2 times appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court docket to serve a 3-yr time period on the Louisiana Board of Specialization, serving as president during her next 3-12 months term. She also serves as a Distinctive Assistant District Legal professional, under John Belton, in the 3rd Judicial District.
Clement has also served as an adjunct teacher in the School of Business at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech. Her instructing resume involves the lessons of Introduction to Small business Legislation, Contracts, Safety Units, and Small business Association.
Clement credited her demeanor as getting one of her best strengths as a potential judge.
“My capability to keep relaxed and hear to all the events prior to I make a selection,” she mentioned.
Clement claimed just one draw back of future action in her profession is that she is going to miss out on the afterschool visits to her office from her daughter.
“She’s grown up below,” she mentioned. “I was listed here when she was born, and she’s form of come out in the afternoons and treats this as her dwelling.”
Clement stated she appears ahead to performing with along with the judges in the Third Judicial District.
“Now we have Decide Rogers and Decide Hampton and I have practiced in front of the two of them,” she said. “They have been very great judges and I glimpse ahead to working with them.”
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