Curriculum Vitae
  • ARBITRATOR: American Arbitration Association (AAA) – Commercial, Employment, International (ICDR), and Appellate Panels (serving as Chair in multiple cases); Judicial Settlement Conference – New York, New York.  Joined the AAA in 2006.


  • Decided large, complex commercial matters with multiple parties; involving telecommunications, banking, entertainment, construction industries, class action issues, to name a few; software and royalty issues; subcontracts; breach of contract; bonus entitlement; employment contracts; discrimination/harassment, retaliation, and constructive discharge claims under Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law; intentional/negligent infliction of emotional distress; wrongful discharge; indemnification; collective action waivers; Assignment Claim Investment Agreements; Arbitrability; audits; confidentiality; non-compete; financial broker issues; private equity firm issues; matters governed by New York Labor Law.


  • Presented – Association for Conflict Resolution Greater NY (ACRGNY) 2010 Conference; American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2011, Toronto, Canada - Dispute Resolution Section: “How Arbitrators Think and What You and They Can Do About it:  A Journey Into the Minds of Arbitrators.”


  • Training – “Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedure, Process, and Dynamics,” which addresses the first meeting of the Panel, the Preliminary Hearing, the Evidentiary Hearing, deliberation and writing of Awards, post-hearing issues, working with the AAA’s case management staff, and non-neutral party-appointed arbitrators, 2011/2012; “AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001),” 2009; AAA Arbitrator I Training: “Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process,” 2006.


  • ŸMEDITATOR:  American Arbitration Association – Commercial, Employment, and International Panels; New York Courts Commercial Division.  Basic Training and Advanced Commercial Mediation Certification. 


  • APPELLATE COURT JUDGE: Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, January 1992 through        December 2004.


  • VISITING FACULTY: Harvard University School of Law, Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Trial Advocacy Workshop,” 1999 – present (ongoing).




  • INSTRUCTOR:  National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2003.


  • FACULTY:  McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1985-1990.  Courses on the law    included Mass Communications, Business, Torts, Successions, and Family Law.


  • INSTRUCTOR:  Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, 1980 “Appellate Advocacy, Research, & Writing.”


  • ATTORNEY/LITIGATOR: General Civil Law solo practice, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1981 to 1992.



  • The University of Virginia, School of Law, (L.L.M.) Masters in Judicial Process, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1998.

  • Loyola University, New Orleans School of Law (J.D.), New Orleans, Louisiana, 1981 – Civil Law.

  • The College of William and Mary, (B.A.), Williamsburg, Virginia, 1967 – Psychology.


Papers and Publications


  • ARBITRATION – A CASE FOR JUDGES TO BE HEARD, New York State Bar Association’s The Insider, 2016.

  • ŸLouisiana Civil Trial Procedure, Practice Series, a lead Author, Thomson Reuters West Publishing, 1995 (ongoing).

  • You & The Law, Author, book on Civil Law for the lay person, published 1993.

  • Lagniappe, Author of Newspaper Column on Civil Law, 1994 – 1995.

  • The Appearance of Impropriety – A Critical Review, Author, article on Ethics in Louisiana, 1998.




  • Fox TV, “You & the Law,” Creator and Host, weekly, legal segment on all aspects of law,    Louisiana, 2003 – 2004.


  • Court TV, Catherine Crier Live, multiple Guest appearances as Legal Expert, 2002 – 2003.


  • NBC/KPLC TV, “Building Bridges,” Co-Host, weekly program, Louisiana, 1996.


  • NBC/KPLC TV, “You & the Law,” Creator and Host, weekly, legal segment on all aspects of law, Louisiana, 1981 – 1995.


  • NBC/KPLC TV, “Youth & the Law,” Creator and Host of Prime-Time Special on Law, audience participation, Louisiana, 1994.


  • Lifetime Television Network, Guest appearance as Legal Expert on Domestic Violence Law,   1994.


  • “Youth and the Law,” Creator, “hands on” program, giving youth “field” experience with all levels of the court system and the jury process, Louisiana, 1994 – 2004.


Appointments, Honors, and Public Service


  • Board of Examinations: The Charter Institute of Arbitrators – a global organization headquartered in the United Kingdom, 2011 – present (ongoing).


  • Board of Directors: College of William & Mary New York Alumni Chapter, 2012.


  • Board of Directors, McNeese State University Banners Series, 2002 – 2004.  Board of Directors, Samaritan Counseling Center, Community Relations Chair, 2001 to 2004.


  • Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee, Louisiana Bar Association, lecturer and trainer, 1998 – 2004.


  • Recognized as a “Woman in History” during “National Women in History Month,” featured on NBC/KPLC-TV as First Woman Elected Judge, from her 5 Parish District, in Louisiana’s history, 2003.


  • Judicial Liaison Committee, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2003.


  • Board of Governors, Louisiana Judicial College, 1995 – 2002.


  • The Education Committee, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2002.


  • Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal Outreach Director, 2000.


  • John C. Stennis Center for Women in Public Service, honored as “Pacesetter – proven leaders from across the South who...serve as examples to others who aspire to public service careers,” 1999 and 2000.


  • Gender Fairness, International Outreach, Judicial-Academic Network, and Resolutions Committees: National Association of Women Judges, 2000.


  • Media Advisory Committee, Campaign for the Children, 1998.


  • Judicial Relations Committee, National American Inns of Court, 1998.


  • Judge Albert Tate, Jr., American Inn of Court (an organization designed to promote ethics, professionalism, and civility in the legal community), Founder and President, 1994 – 1998.


  • Keynote Speaker, Louisiana Women’s Conference, 1997.


  • Appellate Court Performance Standards Commission, 1996.


  • Self Magazine, featured for accomplishments, 1986.


Professional, Civil, and Community Affiliations


  • Present:

    • The Charter Institute of Arbitrators, Board of Examinations.

    • American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution and International sections).

    • New York State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution section).

    • New York City Bar Association.

    • International Bar Association.

    • International Chamber of Commerce.


  • Past:

    • Appellate Court Judges’ Association.

    • American Inns of Court.

    • National Association of Women Judges.

    • American Judges Association.

    • American Judicature Society.

    • Federal Bar Association.

    • Louisiana State Bar Association.

    • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association.

    • American Business Women’s Association.




  • French and Italian (conversational).

Professional Experience