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Stinson appointed to state’s Judiciary Commission

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The Louisiana Supreme Court has appointed a Bossier woman to the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana.

Suzanne H. Stinson, a retired Court Administrator for the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster Parishes, has been selected to serve on the commission that investigates judicial misconduct complaints against Louisiana judges.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve on the commission,” Stinson said. “Even though I am retired, I certainly haven’t lost my passion for the administration of justice. I’m happy to stay engaged and relevant in that area. I look forward to serving in that capacity over the next four years.”

The Judiciary Commission of Louisiana was created in 1968. It consists of nine members, including three judges, three attorneys and three civilians, who make recommendations to the Louisiana Supreme Court on actions to be taken for judicial conduct violations. The Commissions’ jurisdiction includes justices and judges of all courts of this state, including commissioners, magistrates, justices of the peace, and mayors who perform judicial functions.

Also appointed to the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana were New Orleans attorneys Philip B. Sherman and Fred L. Herman.

Stinson was employed with the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster Parishes for 33 years before retiring. She currently serves as chair of the Asbury Church Council and on the Advisory Board for LRS Systems. She is past president of the Commission for Women of Bossier City, past president of the Benton Rotary Club and past president of the Shreveport Bossier Bar Association Auxiliary.

She is past president of the Louisiana Court Administrators Association and Past President of the National Association for Court Management. She served on the board of directors for the National Center for State Courts and board of directors for the International Association for Court Management. She was appointed by Chief Justice Catherine Kimball to serve on the Judicial Compensation Commission and reappointed by Chief Justice Bernette Johnson. She is a member of the NCSC International Advisory Committee and on the editorial board for the Future Trends in State Courts published annually by NCSC.

Stinson was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the State Court Rules Committee, Advisory Committee to the Performance Audit on Jury Practices, Disaster Recovery Planning Committee and the Louisiana Integrated Juvenile Justice Information System Committee.

Stinson graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana Tech University and has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management and received her Certificate of Judicial Administration from Michigan State University. She served in the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1979 to 1982.