Law & Order

February 27, 2007

Reported by: Evan Johnson

Chief Judge Gene Thibodeaux was born in Malad, Louisiana and moved to Lake Charles with his father while in the 9th grade and graduated from Washington High School.

He later attend Tulane University where he received his law degree.

After practicing law for 17 years, 16 in Lake Charles and 1 in New York City, Thibodeaux decided that he had accomplished all that he could practicing law and decided to run for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals judge, in which he won and took the bench in 1992.

In 2004, Judge Thibodeaux became Chief Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the first black to hold this position, a position he says contains a great deal of responsibility.

Thidobeaux says, "I feel pressures in preparing for the cases. Once I prepare for that case, along with the excellent staff that I have, I feel no pressures in hearing the case, and in deciding. I know that I am fully acquainted with that case. I know that I am fully acquainted with that facts. I think I'm fully acquainted with the law at the time, and I feel good about what I do."

This is Judge Thibodeaux's third year serving as the Chief Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, and his 15 year as a judge.