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La State Courts

New Orleans, Louisiana

Andrew Armstrong (deceased)


B.A., Xavier University, 1963; J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 1967

Office and Positions
Chief Judge, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, 2003 to present; first woman to serve as chief judge and first African-American to serve as chief judge in the Court’s history. Judge, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, 1984 to 2003; first female member of the Court in its history. Judge, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, 1974 to 1984; first African-American woman elected to a Louisiana judgeship. Administrative Judge, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, 1979 to 1981. Chairman, Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges. Other affiliations include: Judiciary Budgetary Board; Judicial Ethics Committee; Judicial Human Resources Committee; Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice.

Bar Office
Louisiana State Bar Association; National Bar Association; Council of Chief Judges State Courts of Appeal; American Bar Association; National Association of Women Judges; American Judges Association; Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges; Louisiana Fourth and Fifth Circuit Judges Association.

Professional Memberships
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Governor’s Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board; Mayor’s Executive Committee, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of New Orleans, 1975 to 1986; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; New Orleans Legal Aid Bureau Board of Directors.

Civic Associations
President, Community Relations Council of Greater New Orleans, 1972 to 1974; President, Louisiana League of Good Government, 1972 to 1974. Other former affiliations include: Mercy Hospital Board of Trustees; Girl Scouts Southeast Louisiana Council; Associated Catholic Charities Hope Haven Center Board of Directors; Louisiana Mental Health Association Board of Directors; Longue Vue House and Gardens Board of Directors; American Red Cross Southeast Region Board; Children’s Bureau; League of Women Voters; Honorary Board Member, National Council of Negro Women, New Orleans, and others.

Member, Loyola University Board of Trustees, 1984 to 1990; Louisiana Judicial Council, National Bar Association – Women Lawyers Distinguished Jurist Award, 2005; National Council of Jewish Women Hannah G. Solomon Award for Outstanding Service, 1986; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. National Honorary Member, Inducted 1975; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Salute to Exemplary Community Service, 2001; Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Inducted Golden Hall of Fame, 1988; Louis Martinet Legal Society, Ernest N. Morial Judicial Pace-Setter Award, 2000; Louis Martinet Legal Society Distinguished Member of the Louisiana Judiciary, 1996; New Orleans Branch, Louisiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers Citizen of the Year Award, 1988; New Orleans NAACP, Outstanding Community Service Award, 1989; National Bar Association Women Lawyers Distinguished Jurist Award, 1984; Children’s Bureau Alfred E. Clay for Outstanding Service, 1984; Former member, Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Planning Committee; Judicial Service Award in Recognition of Distinguished Career, Judges and Staff, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, 1984; Loyola University A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Students Association Outstanding Judicial Service Award, 1983; A. Philip Randolph Institute Outstanding Community Service Award, 1980; Ebony Magazine Pioneering Outstanding Black Women Judges, 1978; Southern University Law School Alumni William H. Samuels, Jr. Humanity Award, 1974; New Orleans Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Woman of the Year, 1974; Ebony Magazine Pioneering Outstanding Black Women Judges, 1978; One of One Hundred Outstanding Woman Leaders Honored by President and Mrs. Carter, White House Reception, 1982; Girl Scouts Distinguished Woman Award; Associated Catholic Charities Volunteer Activist Award; Southern Christian Leadership Conference Rosa Parks Award.

Loyola University Board of Trustees, 1984 to 1990; Adjunct Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center, 1985 to 2003; American Judges Association Education Committee, 1990 to 1991; Graduate, National College of Juvenile Justice, 1974. Former member, Loyola University Law School Visiting Committee; Gillis Long Poverty Law Center First Board of Advisors; Grambling State University Dr. Martin Luther King Criminal Justice Center, First Board of Directors, and others.