12 Mar 2021

AAA Hosts Discussion with Members of the Louisiana Justice System

On March 11, Catholic High School’s African American Affinity group hosted four local attorneys and community leaders during all three lunch periods to speak about their path in the legal profession, their role in the Louisiana Justice System, and their involvement in the National Black Prosecutors Association.

Students asked the panel of speakers questions which opened up a dialogue about the ongoing fight for racial equality in the form of criminal justice reforms since last summer’s protests. Panelists discussed the steps our state is taking in order to turn those protests into policy. Panelists addressed the importance of having people of all races and ethnicities represented at every level of the legal system – legislators, judges, attorneys, and jury members – and how COVID-19 has affected the legal process for the last year.

We’d like to thank our guests for taking the time to chat with our Bears about these important social issues!

Adam Kwentua
Senior Felony Assistant District Attorney
19th JDC, Office of the District Attorney
(East Baton Rouge DA)

Leslie Ricard Chambers
Deputy Executive Counsel
Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Ron Gathe ’92
Chief of Litigation
18th JDC, Office of the District Attorney
(West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, Iberville DA)
Catholic High School Class of 1992

Kendall Thomas
Junior Felony Assistant District Attorney
19th JDC, Office of the District Attorney
(East Baton Rouge DA)