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Judge Gene Thibodeaux




‘Ulysses Gene T­hibodeaux, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Tulane Law School, where he was an Earl Warren Scholar, is the Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. He is the past President of The National Council of Chief Judges, an organization consisting of chief judges of the intermediate appellate courts in the United States and its territories. He practiced law for seventeen years in New York City and Lake Charles before his election to the Third Circuit in 1992.


Thibodeaux chaired The Task Force on Judicial Independence and co-chaired the Louisiana Supreme Court Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. He is active on several Louisiana State Bar Association committees and is a member of the Louisiana State Law Institute. He is the 2012 recipient of the Board Member of the Year Award from Charter Schools USA, an education service provider based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the 2010 recipient of the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Bar Association; and, the 2009 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the National Bar Association for serving as an exemplary role model for judges and lawyers.


Thibodeaux is active in the community as a Board member of several organizations: Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, SWLA Center for Health Services, Calcasieu Association for Retarded Citizens, Community Foundation for Southwest Louisiana, 100 Black Men of Metro Lake Charles, Lake Charles Charter School Foundation, and Southwest Louisiana Charter School Foundation.


He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and is married to Phyllis Dugar Thibodeaux.