LPDB Board Members

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Ret. Judge Robert J. Burns, Chairman
Appointed by Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

Judge Robert J. Burns (Retired)
6046 General Haig Street
New Orleans, LA 70124
Term: 01/01/2011 - 12/31/2014
Appointed by: Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court


Robert J. Burns was elected a State District Judge in 1978 for the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson. He was re-elected parish wide without opposition in 1984 and 1990. He did not seek re-election in 1996. Judge Burns served many years on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Judicial College by appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He is a 1969 graduate of the Loyola Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana and practiced civil law before being elected a judge.

Since retirement, Judge Burns has accepted assignments from the Louisiana Supreme Court in high profile cases, both criminal and civil. Judge Burns was named to the Constitution Project's death penalty initiative, Washington D.C. in 2001. The committee published Mandatory Justice, Eighteen Reforms to the Death Penalty. He is currently a panel member of Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions, a Louisiana mediation and arbitration company.

Judge Burns is a former Kiwanis Club president and is currently chairman of the Board of Brother Martin High School, New Orleans, Louisiana.

M. Hampton Carver
Appointed by Executive Director, Louisiana Interchurch Conference

M. Hampton Carver
Energy Centre
1100 Poydras Street, Ste. 3100
New Orleans, LA 70163
Term: 1/2/2014 – 12/31/2017
Appointed by: Executive Director, Louisiana Interchurch Conference


M. Hampton Carver, b. 1944, grew up in Natchitoches, LA. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1966 and his J.D. from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1970. He was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Upon his graduation, he moved to New Orleans and was admitted to practice. He is a founding partner of Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC. On December 31, 2011, he resigned as an equity partner and took Of Counsel status. Mr. Carver has served as an adjunct faculty member at Louisiana State University Law School teaching mineral law. He is a former Chairman of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute and of the Mineral Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He served on the committee of the Louisiana Law Institute responsible for the revision of the Civil Code articles on obligations and contracts. He is married to the former Mary Lee Hobgood and has one son, Marshall.

Mr. Addison K. Goff, IV
Appointed by Speaker of the House of Representatives

Addison K. Goff, IV
Post Office Box 2050
Ruston, LA 71273-2050
Term: 2/24/2013 - 2/24/2017 (pending final confirmation)
Appointed by: Speaker of the House of Representatives



Add Goff practices law with his wife Shelley Goff and his father A. Kennon Goff, III, in the law firm founded by A.K. Goff, Jr., in 1931. Although maintaining a general law practice, the firm focuses on representing victims of defective firearms and ammunition. Goff & Goff has represented clients in nearly every state in the country.

Add joined the firm in 1993, after having served as a law clerk to Justice James L. Dennis of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Add received his Juris Doctorate in 1992 from Louisiana State University, where he wrote for the Louisiana Law Review. In 2004, he graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming and has since completed both levels of the college's graduate curricula.

From 1998 through 2006, Add served as the Senate President's appointee to the Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board, the predecessor to the current Louisiana Public Defender Board. Add has also served as the President of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. He has lectured throughout the country, as well as in Quebec, on the subject of defective firearm and ammunition litigation and analysis.

In 2010, Add will complete his second term as a Hearing Committee Chairman for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, in charge of holding evidentiary hearings for the Louisiana Supreme Court's decisions on ethical complaints against lawyers.

From 1999 through 2004, Add served as the president of Christian Community Action, an interdenominational organization for the provision of food and clothing to the poor in Lincoln Parish. From 2004 to 2007, he was on the Board of Directors for Louisiana MedCamps, an organization that hosts summer camps for disabled children.

Add is an Eagle Scout and also has been a Tae Kwon Do and Judo Instructor.

Mr. Leo Hamilton
Appointed by Governor

Leo Hamilton
1 American Place, Suite 2300
Post Office Box 3197
Baton Rouge, 70821
Term: 2/1/2013 - 01/31/2017 (pending final confirmation)
Appointed by: Governor



Leo C. Hamilton, a partner of the firm Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge Office, practices in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, constitutional law and governmental relations. Mr. Hamilton graduated from LSU in 1973 and received his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University in 1977. He has been admitted to the practice of law in Louisiana since 1980.

Mr. Hamilton belongs to the following professional associations: Louisiana State Bar Association (Member), American Bar Association (Member), National Bar Association, (Member), Federal Bar Association, (Member), Louis A. Martinet Legal Society (Member), Baton Rouge Bar Association (Past President and Past member of the Board of Directors and various standing committees), American Association of Bar Presidents (Member), House of Delegates and the Budget Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association (Past Member), House of Delegates of the American Bar Association (Past Member), Louisiana Bar Foundation Community Partnership Panel (Member), Louisiana State Law Institute (Council Member), Louisiana Public Defender Board (Member), Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance (Board Member), Alumnus of Leadership Baton Rouge and Leadership Louisiana, AFSCME, Louisiana Council No. 17 and Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana State Department of Labor (Past Assistant Director), Council for A Better Louisiana (Regional Advisory Board, Member), Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic (Board Member), American Red Cross (Past President), 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge (Member and Past Board Member), City Club of Baton Rouge (Board Member), River City Jazz Coalition (Board Member), Omnicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Society (Member), Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity (Member).

Mr. Craig F. (Frank) Holthaus
Appointed by President of the Senate

Craig F. (Frank) Holthaus
618 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Term: 2/1/2013 - 1/31/2017
Appointed by: President of the Senate


Frank Holthaus is a partner of the firm deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & FrugÈ. Mr. Holthaus received his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University in 1975. His practice focuses on federal criminal matters, including Title 18, environmental, anti-trust and corrupt foreign practice act violations, as well as personal injury cases in all courts.

Mr. Holthaus belongs to the following professional associations: Baton Rouge Bar Association (President, 1996-1997; Secretary, 1994; Treasurer, 1993; Member, Board of Directors, 1987-1996; Chairman: Local Criminal Court Rules, Middle District of Louisiana; Court Liaison Committee, 2000); Louisiana State Bar Association (President, Criminal Law Section, 1982; Member, House of Delegates, 1990-1994; 1996-2000; 2002-present) Judicial Liaison Committee 2007-present); American Bar Association (Member: Standing Committee on Grand Juries, 1985-1992; White Collar Crime Committee, 1992-1996; Federal Court Bench Bar Liaison Committee, 1999); Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Charter Member, 1985; Legislative Liaison, 1986-1990; Member, Board of Directors, 1986-1987); Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (Chair, Criminal Law Section, 2007); Baton Rouge Lawyers for Criminal Justice (President, 1983); Supreme Court of Louisiana Committee on Standards on Juror Use and Management; CJA Panel Selection Committee for Middle District of Louisiana.

Ms. Rebecca Hudsmith, ex-officio
Appointed by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rebecca Hudsmith
102 Versailles Blvd., Suite 816
Lafayette, LA 70501
Term: Ex Officio
Appointed by: Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Rebecca L. Hudsmith serves as Federal Public Defender for the Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and has held that position since the founding of the office in December of 1993. Prior to her appointment as federal public defender, Ms. Hudsmith was engaged primarily in the private practice of criminal defense law in Shreveport, Louisiana. She also worked as an associate at the Washington D.C. offices of Steptoe & Johnson (1981-1983) and served as the founding director of the Loyola Death Penalty Resource Center in New Orleans, Louisiana (1988-1990). She is admitted to practice law in both Louisiana and the District of Columbia. Ms. Hudsmith is a 1980 graduate of the LSU Law Center, where she served as senior associate editor of the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She is a former law clerk for the late U.S. Circuit Court Judge Albert Tate, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1980-1981)

Prof. Robert Lancaster
Appointed by the Governor, representing Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Robert Lancaster
LSU Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Term: Term is pending final confirmation
Appointed by: Governor, representing Paul M. Hebert Law Center


Robert Lancaster is Director of LSU Law's Clinical Legal Education Program and the Singletary Professor of Professional Practice. He currently teaches the Family Law Clinic and the Family Mediation Clinic. Prior to LSU, he was a Clinical Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law -Indianapolis where he taught in the Civil Practice Clinic as well as the Judicial Externship Program, Lawyering Practice, and a course exploring wrongful convictions titled Convicting the Innocent. Lancaster taught in the Criminal Justice Defense Clinic as a Practitioner-in-Residence at the Washington School of Law, American University in Washington, D.C. and was a Cover Fellow at the Yale Law School from 1997 – 2001. Prior to teaching, Lancaster represented death row inmates in state and federal habeas proceedings in the Capital Division of the Indiana State Public Defender’s Office.

Lancaster was the faculty director of the China Trial Advocacy Institute (CTAI) from 2004 – 2008. CTAI was a rule of law and human rights project headquartered at Renmin University School of Law in Beijing and funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Rights and Labor of the United States Department of State.

Lancaster is a member of the Louisiana State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In addition to his service on the Louisiana Public Defender Board, Lancaster serves on the Access to Justice Policy Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Board of the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Herbert Larson
Appointed by the Governor, Representing Tulane Law School

Herbert V. Larson, Jr.
Professor of Practice and
Executive Director, International and Graduate Programs
Tulane Law School
6329 Freret Street, Suite 259D
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Appointed by the Governor, Representing Tulane Law School


Herbert Larson received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1974. His undergraduate studies included a year at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Thereafter, he received his J.D. from Loyola University (New Orleans) in 1980, and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1989.
He has been in private practice since 1980, with the exception of three years working as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. He specializes in white collar criminal defense, federal appeals, and federal death penalty cases. He has taught at Tulane Law School since 1992, and in 2006 joined the school as its first Executive Director of International Legal Programs, and the first Executive Director of its graduate legal programs. He currently teaches federal criminal law and international criminal law at Tulane law school.

Prof. Hector Linares
Appointed by the Louisiana State Law Institute - Children's Code Committee

Hector Linares
Juvenile Defense Clinic
LSU Law Center, Box 25080
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Term: 04/09/13 – 04/08/17
Appointed by: Louisiana State Law Institute - Children's Code Committee


Professor Linares has been teaching and supervising student attorneys in the LSU Law Center’s Juvenile Defense Clinic since Fall of 2009. Professor Linares received his B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies in 2000 from Tulane University and his J.D. in 2003 from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor on the Review of Law and Social Change.

Before joining the faculty at LSU, Professor Linares was a staff attorney at Juvenile Regional Services, the juvenile public defender’s office for Orleans Parish. He also practiced disability rights law as a supervising attorney at Protection & Advocacy, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He began his career as the Southern Poverty Law Center Special Education Fellow at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, where his advocacy on behalf of disabled students was nationally recognized through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Award for Distinguished Advocacy for the Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities. Professor Linares is also a member of the Southern Juvenile Defender Center Advisory Committee and has served as team leader for the Louisiana Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network.

Mr. Thomas L. Lorenzi
Appointed by President, Louisiana State Bar Association

Thomas L. Lorenzi
508 Pujo St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Term: 12/03/2010 - 12/02/2014
Appointed by: President, Louisiana State Bar Association



Tom Lorenzi received his BA from Duquesne University in 1972 and JD from LSU in 1975. Since then (1975), he has been in private practice in Lake Charles, currently with the firm of Lorenzi & Barnatt LLP. Mr. Lorenzi co-founded the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL), to fight for reform of capital defense and juvenile reform. For many years he has served in the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) House of Delegates, currently serving on the Legislation Committee. He has also previously served on the Louisiana State Law Institute in the areas of criminal procedure and bail reform. Mr. Lorenzi is a former president of LADCL and the Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) Bar Association. He is a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, was named Louisianaís Distinguished Attorney by the Louisiana Bar Foundation in 2007 and was awarded the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement award by the Louisiana State Bar Association in 2007. He has also received the LACDL Justice Tate award and the Sam Dalton Capital Advocacy Award. In December 2010, he was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board.

Prof. Jacqueline Nash
Appointed by Governor, representing Southern University Law School

Jacqueline Nash
Southern University Law Center
PO Box 9294
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Term: 02/14/12 - 02/13/2016
Appointed by: Governor, representing Southern University Law Center


Jacqueline Nash, Clinical Professor for the Juvenile Law Clinic, received her B.A. from Southern University and her J.D. from the Southern University Law Center. Professor Nash also serves as coach and adviser for the American Association for Justice Mock Trial team. Prior to joining the clinic staff full-time in February 1998, Professor Nash was an adjunct professor with clinic during the fall semester of 1997. She is the owner and operator of Blessed Event Adoptions, a private adoption agency, specializing in the placement of minority children. From 1992 through 1995, she was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Legal Consortium, Inc., a Legal Services Corporation training and support program. She was a supervising attorney for the Public Benefits Section and Elderly Protective Services of Capital Area Legal Services from 1989 to 1992. Professor Nash also was Regional Attorney for the Office of Community Services and an Assistant Parish Attorney for the City-Parish government of Baton Rouge. Professor Nash is also a national motivational speaker and has been published in the fields of international human rights and access to justice.

Mr. Herschel E. Richard, Jr.
Appointed by President, Louisiana State Bar Association

Herschel E. Richard, Jr.
Cook Yancey
333 Texas St. Suite 1700
Shreveport, LA 71101
Term: 07/21/2011 - 01/21/2015

Appointed by: President, Louisiana State Bar Association


Herschel E. Richard, Jr. was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and received his high school education in Springhill, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English in 1967 and received a Law Degree from the Louisiana State University School of Law in 1970, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. He is married to the Reverend Mary B. Richard who is the Rector of Church of the Holy Cross. The Richards have three children, Bill, 39; Mackie, 37; and David, 35.

Mr. Richard’s legal practice involves all types of civil litigation including class actions, products liability, eminent domain, and legal and medical malpractice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is the past president of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and is a Master Bencher in the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz American Inns of Court. He is also the immediate past president of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and was the recipient of the Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award in 2000.

Ms. Gina Womack
Appointed by Louis A. Martinet Society

Gina Womack
1600 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
Term: 06/21/2012 - 06/20/2016 (pending final confirmation)
Appointed by: Louis A. Martinet Society


Gina Womack is the director and co-founder of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), a statewide membership-based organization dedicated to creating a better life for all of Louisiana's youth, especially those who are involved, or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. Ms. Womack first came to the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) as the Office Administrator. However in 2001, Ms. Womack founded FFLIC along with other members, became an organizer and began to conduct extensive community outreach efforts, recruiting participants and facilitating meetings. She was lead organizer of FFLIC's mock Jazz Funeral with parents along with various other direct action events that gave FFLIC a voice within the Louisiana Legislature and has allowed parents to recognize their power. Since its inception, FFLIC has worked with allies to close two juvenile prisons and is embarking upon a statewide campaign to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in Louisiana.

Ms. Womack is a board member of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, the Petra Foundation and Metairie Park Country Day School. She is also a 2006 Petra Fellow, 2009 Juvenile Justice Project Advocate of the Year and 2009 Ms. Foundation Women of Vision award. FFLIC also received the 2009 NJJN & CFYJ Organization of Distinction Award.






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