Commendation for Valor, City of Kenner for work done during Plane Crash, 1982. Citizen of the Year, Ouachita Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 1989. Recognized by the United States House of Representatives for work in Civil Rights. Recipient: Two Time J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award nominee for work in Teen Court; President's Government Award, Louisiana Chapter, National Conference of Black Mayors, October 12, 2007; Trustees of Freedom Award, Louisiana Association of Public Defenders, November, 2007; James Sharp, Jr. Justice Award, City of Monroe for service on the Jena Sex Case, January 18, 2008. Formerly with: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Juvenile Diversion, 1980-1982; Louisiana Department of Corrections, Probation & Parole, 1982-1983. Deputy Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 1983-1985. Assistant District Attorney, Fourth Judicial District Attorneys Office, 1985-1989. Attorney Morehouse Parish Police Jury, 1988-1989. Assistant Part-time Professor of Criminal Justice, Northeast Louisiana State University, 1989-1996. Contract Attorney, Fourth Judicial District Court Indigent Defense, 1992—. Felony Section Chief, 4th JDC Public Defender, 2007—. Magistrate Judge, Town of Richwood, 1998—. Board Member, State Mineral Board, 2004—. Liaison to the Governor, Louisiana Public Defender's Association, 2004-2007. Transition Team for Governor Elect Bobby Jindal, Office of Youth Development, Dec. 2008. Past President and Board Member, 1986—, Teen Court, Northeast Louisiana. State Chairman, Louisiana State High School Mock Trial, 1999-2002. Chairman, Host Committee National High School Mock Trial for the Louisiana State Bar Association, 2003. National High School Mock Trial Regional Coordinator, 1990—. Vice Chair and Member, Board of Directors, National High School Mock Trial, 2002. Chair, Youth Advisory Board, 4th Judicial District, 2005—. Member: Ouachita Parish Juvenile Justice Task Force, 1990-1991; Louisiana Justice Coalition, 2004—. Member, 1995— and Club President, 2000-2001, Monroe Kiwanis Club. Attorney for the Board of Directors of Our House for 10 years. Member, Board of Directors, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008—. Training: National Association of District Attorneys Training for Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse Cases, 1987; Certified for First Chair Capital Defense; Mediation Training for Child in Need of Care Cases, 2006.