Local Attorney LaKeisha J. Johnson formally announces her candidacy for the position of Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court. The election is scheduled for October 12, 2019.
Johnson graduated from Neville High School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA). She attended Louisiana State University where she obtained both a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and a Juris Doctorate (JD). She then went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Keller Graduate School during her tenure as a Judicial Clerk at the Fourth Judicial District Court.
As an attorney, Johnson has spent the last decade representing clients in courts across North Louisiana, as well as conducting free workshops and seminars for the public and legal community covering a wide range of topics from state and federal legislation to ethics and professionalism.
She’s also served on important committees dedicated to improving access to justice for children and families and increasing access to services for represented and self-represented individuals, 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. And for the past two years, she’s proudly represented our district as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates (2016-2018), the Association’s policy-making body.
Upon her promotion to Managing Attorney at Legal Services of North Monroe, Inc., a non-profit law firm that provides legal representation at no cost to the elderly and those in need, her responsibilities expanded to include developing and implementing strategic plans in line with detailed community needs assessments and strict financial guidelines, and supervising staff attorneys and support staff across the program’s three locations and Twenty-Six (26) parish-wide service area (41% of the 64 parishes of Louisiana). Johnson says of her experience, “I felt as a leader it was important to demonstrate not only how much I valued every person who walked through that door, but how much I valued every person who worked behind it as well.” She aims to bring that same energy to the Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court.
Johnson says the three cornerstones of her campaign are service, respect, and responsibility: “I plan to prioritize the customer experience by improving access to services so that you get the help you need quickly, affordably and efficiently. I will optimize human resource potential by doing all I can to improve employee morale with sound, transparent practices, and improve the quality of services by way of a supportive training and development environment. And lastly, I will exercise financial discipline by streamlining the budget in a responsible, fiscally conservative manner, and by ending wasteful spending.”
Because of her experience with the Clerk’s office here in Ouachita Parish as well as surrounding parishes, Johnson believes she understands well the strengths and limitations of the Office when it comes to service access and delivery. According to Johnson, “My career has focused on delivering quality services with integrity to the citizens of our great parish and beyond. It is my passion to do the same as your next Clerk of Court.”