Attorney John Redmann continues his Justice Matters interviews with recently sworn-in Judge Daniel Dysart. He is the newest member of the Court of Appeals. Attorney Redmann had the opportunity to introduce his audience with the following questions and answers.
REDMANN: Please tell a little about yourself and what inspired you to run for the position of judge on the State Court of Appeals.
JUDGE DYSART: I have been married for 33 years. I have four children and four grandchildren. I was a practicing attorney for almost 30 years when I decided to run for the Court of Appeals. After 30 years of being a trial attorney, I felt like the opportunity to run and serve as a judge on the court of appeal was something that I aspired to as an attorney.
REDMANN: Please explain for our Hispanic-American audience what your work as a judge will entail, and what goals you have set for yourself in this position.
JUDGE DYSART: On the Court of Appeals there are 12 judges. We handle all of the appeals that come from the district courts in Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parish. My goal as a newly elected judge is to prepare very hard for all of the cases that I will participate in making a decision on and work very hard to ensure that those cases are decided very promptly as well as fairly.
REDMANN: What advice do you have for Hispanics and anyone who may have aspirations for pursuing the law or other advanced degrees?
JUDGE DYSART: Well, my advice would be that obviously the Hispanic community is a significant and continually growing aspect of our population. So I think it's important that Hispanics should seek to go into the legal field in an effort to represent those citizens in their community. Work hard and get your education and good things happen to those that work hard and obtain this.
REDMANN: What else would you like our readers to know about you?
JUDGE DYSART: I'm looking forward to this opportunity to serve as an appeal court judge. I've always enjoyed the academic aspect of the law and I hope that I will have the ability and I know I will have the work ethic to put in all the time that is needed to research and make a good decision on all the cases that I'm involved in.
REDMANN: Thank you Danny, for sharing your time and kind attention and comments in this interview. Best of luck to you in your new career on the Court of Appeals.