The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is part of a coalition of groups hosting a series of judicial town halls, to learn more about judicial candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The virtual town halls, “The Justice We Want Depends on the Judges We Choose” start on Sept. 22 and run through Oct. 5. The free forums will each be 50 minutes, with candidates responding to questions from the forum hosts, then taking questions from the public.
Candidates for New Orleans Municipal Court, Magistrate Court, Criminal District Court and the Louisiana Supreme Court will participate.
The series starts on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m., with Municipal/Traffic Court Division A Candidates Meghan Garvey and Paul N. Sens, moderated by Susan Hutson. At 7 p.m., it will be Criminal District Court Section A Candidates Dennis W. Moore and Laurie A. White, moderated by Thanh Truong.
On Sept. 24 at 5 p.m., there will be a forum with Criminal District Court Section E Candidates Derwyn Bunton and Rhonda Goode-Douglas.
On Sept. 29, Mike Perlstein will moderate the 6 p.m. panel with Criminal District Court Section G Candidates Lionel “Lon” Burns and Nandi F. Campbell; then at 7 p.m. it will be the Criminal District Court Section K candidates, Stephanie Bridges, Marcus DeLarge, and Charles “Gary” Wainwright, moderated by Will Snowden.
The Criminal District Court panels continue with Section L Candidates Angel Harris and Franz Zibilich, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., moderated by James Carter. At 7 p.m., it’s the Magistrate Section, with Candidates Juana Marine Lombard and Stephen “Steve” Singer, moderated by Jarvis DeBerry.
On Oct. 1, the 7 p.m. panel features Associate Justice to Louisiana Supreme Court, 7th Supreme Court District Candidates Sandra Jenkins, Piper Griffin and Terri Love, with moderator Oliver Thomas.
The series concludes on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. with Criminal District Court Section D Candidates Graham Bosworth and Kimya Holmes, moderated by Flozell Daniels.
In addition to NCJW, the series is hosted by Court Watch NOLA, New Orleans Safety and Justice Challenge Community Advisory Group, SPLC Action Fund, Innocence Project New Orleans, Louisiana Courts Matter, League of Women Voters, Orleans Public Defenders, Crescent City Media Group and the Urban League of Louisiana.
Those who register for any of the town halls will have access to the whole series. The series will also be broadcast on Facebook.