Term Ends: 2020
Judge Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was raised in Southern Hills and is a graduate of Southwood High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2002, and her Juris Doctorate, from Southern University Law Center, in 2006. Her first year, post law school, was spent in New Orleans, where she worked as a law clerk for the late Pascal Calogero, Jr., Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
After completing her clerkship, she moved back to Shreveport, and began working as an associate attorney at a small law firm. In December 2010, she opened her own law practice in her father’s old law office (in Southern Hills), where she handled a variety of different types of cases: domestic, civil, criminal, estate planning and personal injury. In addition to her own law practice, she also served North and Central Louisiana, as the behavioral health attorney for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (now, Oschner LSU Health). She maintained these areas of law practice until she was elected to serve on the First Judicial District Court, in November of 2014.
Judge Garrett was invested to the office of Caddo Parish District Court Judge in January 2015. During her first two years in office, she served the citizens of Caddo Parish, in a domestic capacity, adjudicating cases involving divorce, child custody, community property, and similarly situated cases. In January 2017, Judge Garrett moved to Section 5, and since that time, she has handled all cases involving any drug and drug related crimes.
Judge Garrett is the mother of three, amazing, young children.
Judge Garrett has studied the law and believes that she applies the law, while being fair, impartial, practical and compassionate. She believes that this ability is based on her experience practicing fairness, impartiality, practicality and compassion, not only as an attorney, but as an individual. She feels as though it is both an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Caddo Parish as a District Court Judge.