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July 16, 2020

Richard Ducote Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge

Source: Press Release dated July 15, 2020

Covington Republican attorney Richard Ducote announced his candidacy yesterday (July 15, 2020) for District Judge, Division J of the 22nd Judicial District Court serving St. Tammany & Washington Parishes. He will be on the November 3, 2020 ballot to replace retiring Judge “Rusty” Knight. The press release states that “Mr. Ducote will take absolutely no campaign contributions from anyone, assuring his complete independence. He is the only candidate for judge refusing contributions, and he is clearly the most qualified candidate to serve in this court division.”

Mr. Ducote's qualifications include

  • Louisiana lawyer since 1978
  • Honored child abuse/domestic violence victim advocate and law reformer for 42 years
  • B.S. Tulane 1974
  • J.D. Loyola School of Law 1978
  • LL.M. (adv. law degree) Loyola Chicago School of Law 2011
  • Juvenile probation officer during law school
  • Created a special program to provide lawyers for abused and neglected children
  • Appointed special assistant DA in 19 parishes
  • Tried cases in 50 Louisiana courts
  • Argued in every Louisiana appellate court
  • Tried cases in 45 other states
  • Admitted also in PA, the U.S. Sup. Ct.; the U.S. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals; and the U.S. District Courts for the East., Mid. and West. Dist. of LA, the North. and East. Districts of TX, the North. Dist. of Ohio, the Dist. of CO, and the West. Dist. of PA
  • 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 ABA, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the Nat. Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and other organizations
  • 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
  • Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nat. Org. of Forensic Social Work
  • Preeminent “A-V” highest rating from lawyers and judges for ethics and ability for 30 yrs.
  • U.S. Sup. Ct. win for 2 sexually abused kids
  • Judge Richard Ware Memorial Award from LA Children’s Trust Fund Board for work in child abuse prevention
  • Adoption and foster care advocate
  • Defended state in roadway suits
  • Proud father of four and grandfather of three children
  • Cases and writings cited in legal textbooks and law reviews
  • Staunch defender of constitutional rights, including due process and free speech.

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