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June 25, 2019

Press Release From Richard Ducote - La. Supreme Court Candidate

I am again confirming that I am running for the District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court to replace now federal judge Greg Guidry. I will accept no campaign contributions, and I will be completely independent from outside influences. My 41-year legal career has been committed to Constitutional principles, and dedicated to improving the lives of the vulnerable. I am the most qualified candidate, and the only one calling for full public transparency in the Judiciary Commission, the agency charged with policing misconduct by judges. I welcome the opportunity to meet with all interested voters to discuss the issues and answer any questions.
My qualifications are: Louisiana lawyer since 1978*One of the nation’s leading child abuse/domestic violence victim advocates and law reformers for 41 years*B.S.Tulane 1974* J.D. Loyola School of Law 1978*LL.M. (advanced law degree) Loyola Chicago School of Law 2011*Earned law degree while a probation officer in the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court*Created a special Tulane Law School program to provide lawyers for abused and neglected children*Appointed special assistant district attorney in 19 parishes*Tried cases in 50 Louisiana courts*Argued in every Louisiana appellate court*Tried cases in 45 other states*Admitted also in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Third, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Ohio, the District of Colorado, and the Western District of Pennsylvania*Wrote over 25 laws for child abuse and domestic violence victims, and to prevent infanticide*Trained lawyers, judges, police, & psychologists at national & state programs for the American Bar Association, the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, domestic violence coalitions, child welfare agencies, and law schools*Honored by Justice for Children, The Northern Plains Tribal Institute, The National Association of Social Workers, the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA, The LSU School of Social Work, the Louisiana Foster Parent Association, and the United Way*Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization of Forensic Social Work*Preeminent “A-V” highest rating from lawyers and judges for ethics and ability for entire career*U.S. Supreme Court win for two sexually abused children*Judge Richard Ware Memorial Award from Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board for years of work in child abuse prevention* Court appointed for many abused children*Years of adoption and foster care reform work*Quoted in national magazines and newspapers*Defended state in roadway suits*Proud father of four and grandfather of three children*Cases and writings cited in legal textbooks and law reviews*Many constitutional law cases defending due process and First Amendment.

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