Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano Birthplace

Lafayette, Louisiana


Attorney Francis J. “Jay” Lobrano


Daughter and Son


New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1993; Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Juris Doctorate, (Law Review), 1988; Tulane University, Newcomb College, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Education, 1983; Buras High School, High School Valedictorian, 1979.

Offices and Employment

Court of Appeal Judge, Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, State of La. (2012-present); District Court Judge (Civil, Criminal, & Juvenile), La. 25th Judicial District Court (2009-2011)(Chief Judge 2009); First Assistant District Attorney, La. 25th Judicial District, Plaquemines Parish (2006-08); Assistant District Attorney, La. 25th Judicial District, Plaquemines Parish (1999-06); Attorney, Lobrano & Lobrano, L.L.C. (1994-2008).

Professional Memberhsips

National Association of Women Judges (Executive Committee, Secretary, 2015-16) (District 6 Director, LA, MS, AL, TN, 2013-15) (Human Trafficking Committee, 2012- present; Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Committee, 2016-present); International Association of Women Judges (Committee Chair, 2016 Biennial Conference, Washington DC); Plaquemines Bar Association (Past President); Louisiana State Bar Association; Louisiana and National Councils of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; American Judges Association.

Community Involvement

Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation, Inc., Co-Founder and Former President, Executive Director, and Chair of Board of Director (2005-08) The C.A.R.E. Center (“Counseling/Community Coordination, Assessment/Advocacy, Resources/Referrals, Early Intervention”) model is a multi-agency “one stop shop” holistic approach to providing wellness and behavioral health services to enhance the quality of life of residents and early intervention through multi-disciplinary approach of Criminal/Family/Juvenile Court stakeholders.); Eden House, Inc., Founding Member of Board of Directors (2011-present)(Eden House is a two-year long-term residential program which offers a holistic approach to recovery and restorative care including outreach, housing, food, mental and physical healthcare, job training, education, legal services, and spiritual support for survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.); Bishop Perry Center for the Poor, Founding Member of Board (2016-present) (The Bishop Perry Center provides services to the homeless and transient population in The Marigny and the French Quarter areas using an holistic model providing spiritual, social services, education, counseling, and legal services as a ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.)

Awards and Honors

2015 Louisiana State Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer/Crystal Gavel Award; 2014 Trees for Life Recipient, Partners in Bravery, Fighting Child Neglect and Abuse; 2010 Plaquemines CASA’s Light of Hope Award for untiring efforts to improve the lives of children and families of Plaquemines Parish; 2008 Victims and Citizens Against Crime’s Outstanding Prosecutor Award; 2007 LA-YES-Youth Enhanced Services, Certificate of Recognition; 2006 Louisiana Governor’s Special Recognition for work with the Children and Youth Planning Board; 2004 Plaquemines Parish Public School’s Recognition for Project L.E.A.D. Program; 1997 Assumption Catholic Church Pastoral Council’s Chairperson Award; 1988 Loyola Law School Faculty’s Corpus Juris Secundum Award, Most Significant Contribution to Legal Scholarship; 1988 Best Loyola Law Review Comment Award; 1986 Best Loyola Law Moot Court Brief Award; 1980 Tulane University CACTUS, Exceptional Volunteer Service, Children Athletic Program, Kingsley House.

Publications and Presentations

Comment, “The Suspension and Commencement of the Running of Liberative Prescription”, 34 Loy.L.Rev. 341 (1988); Casenote, “Contra Non Valentem”, 33 Loy.L.Rev. 1099 (1988); NYU School of Law Independent Study, “State and Local Taxation: United States Supreme Court’s Decisions on the Constitutionality of Retroactive Tax Legislation” (1993); Louisiana District Attorneys Association, “Public School Initiatives-Project L.E.A.D.” (2001 Fall Conference); Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, “New Domestic Violence Laws and “No Drop Policy” Training” (Spring 2004); Louisiana District Attorneys Association, “Reform from the Bench in Collaboration with Prosecutors: New Effective Approaches to the Delivery of Justice” (2009 Fall Conference); Louisiana Judicial College, “The Judiciary-Using it for Your Community” (2010 Spring Judge’s Conference); Supreme Court of Louisiana Court Improvement Program, “Judicial Expectations for Juvenile Court Stakeholders” (2011); Eden House Ending Prostitution and Options for New Orleans CLE, “Professionalism: Public Servants, Pro Bono Service, or Just Doing My Job?” (2013); National Association of Women Judges, “Human Trafficking: Aiding Survivors, Shelter and Restorative Care and Services, and Best Practices in Federal and State Courts”, Panel Planning Chair & Speaker (2013 Annual Conference); Tulane University & UNICEF Shut Out Trafficking, Sex Trafficking of Minors (2014); Modern Slavery Research Project Loyola University, “Trafficking, Social Justice, and the Criminal Justice System”(2014); St. Thomas More Society 2nd Annual Law Conference, “Justice and Mercy: The Perennial Challenges to Law and Judging relative to Homelessness and Human Trafficking” (2015); Young Lawyer’s Division of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association and Eden House, “Louisiana Human Trafficking Laws” (2015).