About Judge Trudy White 

Judge Trudy M. White is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of McKinley High School, Howard University, and the LSU Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard University's J.F. Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executives in State and Local Government and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management Women's Director Development Programs. 

In 1999 Judge Trudy was the first African-American female elected to Baton Rouge City Court, Division “B”.  Judge Trudy was elevated to the 19th Judicial District Court bench, Division “J” in January 1, 2009 where she handles criminal and civil matters.

During her legal career, Judge Trudy served as the chief counsel to the Support Enforcement Services Program where she was instrumental in setting up the involuntary garnishment program for child support, commonly known as Income Assignment. She served as Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel to the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Former Governors Buddy Roemer and Edwin W. Edwards appointed her to management positions in their administration at the Department of Revenue.

Immediately prior to becoming Judge, she was Executive Director of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society’s Pro Bono Program, which was housed at the Leo S. Butler Community Center.  As Executive Director, she was responsible for litigating the legal cases and managing the office.   In large part, it was a result of her public service to indigent citizens that the community encouraged her to run for Baton Rouge City Court Judge.

Judge Trudy, often referred to as the “People’s Judge,” is an active participant in her community.  She is quite familiar with the problems associated with poverty, drugs, lack of opportunity, and hopelessness.  She serves as a role model for the community who admires and respects her values and community involvement.  Judge Trudy brings a unique life experience to the bench.

Judge Trudy speaks to numerous community groups and organizations on a regular basis.  One of the programs that she is most proud of is an innovative educational judicial outreach program to area schools that she has facilitated with women inmates from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women since 2003.  The Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce has asked her to present each year to its Leadership Baton Rouge program.

Judge Trudy is noted for being compassionate, courteous and competent as a jurist. Her memberships and community involvement includes:  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Jack & Jill of America, Inc.; Pride of Southdown, Order of the Eastern Star; Louisiana State Bar Association; Louisiana Judicial Council/NBA; Louisiana District Judges Association; National Bar Association; Baton Rouge Bar Association; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Leadership Greater Baton Rouge, McKinley Alumni Association, the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (LASERS) and the Southern University 6th Man Club.

Judge Trudy's  has an interest in the research and study of history.  She is a member of Afri-centric Focus/Maat Study Group.  This group sponsors a community Kwanzaa program each year.

It is interesting to note that she was the script writer and researcher of a historical documentary entitled “Baton Rouge’s Troubled Waters: the Brooks Park story”, a documentary that was produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.  This documentary depicted the spirit, culture and self-sufficiency of the segregated South Baton Rouge during Jim Crow when Negroes had separate schools, movie theaters and eating establishments.

In 2008, the YWCA awarded Judge Trudy its "Racial Justice" and "Speak Truth to Power" awards. The Louisiana State Bar Association selected her to receive its 2009 Crystal Gavel Award for her outstanding work and efforts with educating the public and students about legal matters.

In 2010 Judge Trudy accepted the challenge of the Supreme Court to participate in educational programs about our system of law.  In that regard, she took the stage as part of the cast of a local production of "12 Angry Men".   Following completion of the performance, she moderated a discussion with the audience about the jury process.

Judge Trudy was accepted in the third annual class of the Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute (LJLI) in 2013.  The Co-Chairs of this judicial leadership program are Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and Associate Justice Greg Guidry.

 

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