Birthplace
New Orleans, LA

Spouse
Marie Soniat McKay

Children
4

Degrees
1960-1964 DeLaSalle High School; 1964-1969 University of Southwestern Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana B.A. DEGREE in History (Minors in English and Political Science); 1969-1974 Loyola University of the South (School of Law) New Orleans, Louisiana JURIS DOCTORATE DEGREE

Office and Positions
1971-1974 Adult Probation and Parole Officer; 1974-1978 Assistant District Attorney, District Attorney’s Office Orleans Parish Senior Trial Attorney for several Sections of the Criminal District Court and later Senior in Screening Division; 1978-1982 Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Division for the Metropolitan Office of the State Attorney General’s Office; 1982-1998 Elected to the Criminal District Court bench on December 12, 1982. Re-elected to every six year term to 1998. Handling of major felonies in Orleans Parish from capital cases to misdemeanors; 1996 to present - Elected to the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association; 1997 Appointed to the Executive Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association; 1998- to present Elected to Louisiana Court of Appeal 4th Circuit on March 7, 1998

Bar Office
American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Fourth and Fifth Circuit District Judges Association, American Judges Association (President), Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Judicature Society

Professional Memberships


Civic Associations
President of Firemen’s Charitable and Benevolent Association since 2000, Knights of Columbus (St. Dominic Council), Ancient Order of Hibernians (National Treasurer, 2008-2010), De LaSalle Alumni Association (current board member and past president) Honorary Consul General of Ireland for the State of Louisiana