Judge Sonja Spears was elected to the civil bench in New Orleans in a landslide victory over a seventeen- year incumbent at age 34 making her the youngest judge in Louisiana. She was re-elected without opposition and served twelve years until her retirement.
As a practitioner Spears handled both civil and criminal cases in New Orleans. She has taught at Tulane Law School, Harvard Law School and was a former Boston Public School teacher. She currently teaches in the Ex-College at Tufts. Spears has served as trustee for various community organizations including service as chair of the New Orleans Public Library Board. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Tulane Law School.
Racial justice and equity