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About LaKeisha 

LaKeisha J. Johnson was born and reared in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. She graduated from Neville High School before attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal Studies. She attended law school at Louisiana State University's Paul Hebert Law Center where she obtained both a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and a Juris Doctorate (JD). She then went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School during her tenure as a Judicial Clerk at the Fourth Judicial District Court in Ouachita Parish.

As an attorney, LaKeisha has spent the last decade working with represented and self-represented individuals in both civil and criminal matters in parishes across North Louisiana, as well as conducting free workshops, seminars, and lectures on a variety of topics of interest to the public and legal community, from state and federal legislation to ethics and professionalism. To LaKeisha, clients aren't just case numbers and billable hours, they're friends she assists in getting the help they need. And as your next Clerk of Court, a top priority for her is making sure that everyone who walks through the door feels just as confident that they can and will get the help they need there too.

Management, Leadership, and Experience

Before entering private practice, LaKeisha served as a manager at Legal Services of North Louisiana, a non-profit law firm that provides legal representation at no cost to the elderly and those in need. Her responsibilities included developing and implementing strategic plans in accordance with community needs assessments and strict grant award guidelines, and exercising responsibility for office administration and supervision of staff attorneys and support staff across the program's three locations serving a twenty-six (26) parish-wide service area (41% of the 64 parishes of Louisiana).  She knows the importance of maintaining a professional and well-trained staff, and believes that doing so begins and ends with respect, valuing not only those who walk through the door but also those who work behind it. As your next Clerk of Court, LaKeisha will endeavor to improve employee morale and retention with sound managerial practices and greater transparency, and improve the quality of services by way of a supportive training and development environment.

In addition to managerial experience, LaKeisha brings her vast legal experience to the table as well. She has helped individuals in a variety of legal matters, including criminal and family law, divorce and contested custody, grandparents’ visitation, tutorship, adoption, interdiction, succession and probate matters, contract disputes, property and title disputes, labor disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer and creditor disputes, administrative disputes; and, she's represented the State of Louisiana’s Office of Elderly Affairs in elder abuse cases and children in child abuse and neglect cases. This work has required regular use of all areas of the Clerk's Office, criminal, civil, mortgage, and more. Because of this relevant legal experience with the Clerk's Office in Ouachita Parish (and surrounding parishes), LaKeisha understands well the strengths and limitations of the Office when it comes to staff training, as well as service access and delivery. As your next Clerk of Court, one of her priorities is making the Office more accessible, more affordable, and work more efficiently for attorneys and non-attorneys to ensure everyone enjoys equal access to the court. 

Organizations, Associations, and Hobbies

LaKeisha has held membership in numerous professional organizations over the years including the Louisiana State Bar Association and Fourth Judicial District Bar Association, the Fred J. Fudikar, Jr. and American Inns of Court, and the Louis A Martinet Legal Society. She's also served on several important committees, including the Louisiana State Bar Association's Children’s Law Committee, the Legal Education Assistance Program (LEAP) Committee, the Access to Justice Self-Represented Litigants Sub-Committee, and the Pelican Center for Children and Families' Disproportionality and Disparate Outcomes Committee. She has represented the Fourth Judicial District as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association's House of Delegates (2016-2018). She has served on the United Way’s Community Investment Panel and Monroe City’s Census Complete Count Committee, and is a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM). She worships at First Baptist Church of West Monroe (FirstWest), and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

In her spare time, LaKeisha enjoys visiting with family, playing with her incredibly spoiled Labrador Retriever, researching genealogy, improving her skill at archery, and listening to a diverse array of music. 

Meet the Candidate

Come out and meet LaKeisha at any of the many events and other activities the campaign will be participating in across Ouachita Parish for the duration of the campaign period. Check the campaign's social media platforms often and subscribe for updates.

 

The Right Experience, The Right Vision, The Right Purpose

 


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