Term Ends: 2020
Jenifer Ward Clason and her husband, Dr. Terry Clason, moved to Claiborne Parish from Athens, Georgia, after they completed their degrees at the University of Georgia, her J. D. and his Ph. D., when Dr. Clason accepted the position as director of forestry research at the L. S. U. Hill Farm Experiment Station. After retiring from L. S. U., which named him a professor emeritus, Dr. Clason became the state forestry specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Clasons have two children and four grandchildren. They are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church where both have served on the vestry. Judge Clason is a member of the Daughters of the King, an order of lay women committed to prayer and service.
Judge Clason is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Georgia State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She has served as president of the Claiborne Parish Bar Association and on the House of Delegates of the Louisiana Bar Association. She is a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. She served on the U. S. Fifth Circuit Federal-State Judicial Council. She also served as a judicial mentor.
Judge Clason has been a speaker and presenter at various educational programs, including the Louisiana Judicial College, the annual Nuts and Bolts seminar, the Shreveport Inns of Court, the Society of American Foresters and the Louisiana Forestry Association. She has been honored with various awards, including the Outstanding Woman of Achievement awarded by Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, the Annual Outstanding Service to Victims Award from the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, Ruston LA., and the Martin Luther King Justice Award.
She was a business law instructor at Louisiana Tech University before opening her office and practicing law full time in Claiborne Parish. As a lawyer, Judge Clason appeared in many state trial and appellate courts, as well as in federal district court in both bench and jury trials.
Because the Second Judicial District Court is a court of general unlimited trial jurisdiction, during her years on the bench Judge Clason has presided over all kinds of trials, civil, criminal, domestic and juvenile. She is the only judge in the district who has presided over a death penalty trial. Judge Clason has served as Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District since 2000.