Term Ends: 2024
Judge Terri F. Love is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is married to Ellria Love, and has a daughter, Jasmine, and a stepson, Ellria Hall. Judge Love graduated in 1983 from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law in 1986 and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in April of 1987. In 2004, Judge Love received her Master of Laws degree in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia. Later, in 2007, Judge Love was selected to attend the International Judicial Academy, where she studied international law at The Hague, Netherlands.
Judge Love began her legal career in New Orleans with the firm of Bryan and Gray, where, among other things, she represented the Orleans Parish School Board in tort litigation. In 1990, Judge Love established a private law practice; she represented clients in all areas of law and specialized in family law. In 1993, she was appointed Judge Ad Hoc by the judges of the Juvenile Court of Orleans Parish. The following year, Mayor Marc Morial appointed her Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. During her tenure, Judge Love was the lead author of the city’s first domestic violence ordinance.
In October 1995, Judge Love was elected to the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. In September 2000, she was elected to the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, unopposed. Again unopposed, in August 2004, Judge Love was re-elected to serve a ten-year term.
A continuing student of the law, Judge Love has completed the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Appellate Judges and the George Mason School of Law Collegium. She is an active lecturer in various continuing legal education programs and has served as a Trial Advocacy Instructor at the Louisiana State University School of Law. She has also acted as an adjunct professor at Miles College Law School.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Judge Love coordinated the development and implementation of the Fourth Circuit’s Disaster Preparation, Continuity of Operations Plan. She is currently spearheading the Court’s transition to an environmentally friendly paperless e-file system.
Judge Love is committed to the education of our youth. She has served on the Xavier University Preparatory School’s Board of Directors, Jackson State University’s Development Board, and also served as the inaugural chair of the Jackson State University Woman’s Philanthropy Board.
Judge Love also serves as a mentor and advisor with programs committed to collegiate education of the youth of New Orleans namely, the Urban League College Track, Young Leadership Council’s College Admission Program (CAP) and “Sistah to Sistah” of the McDonald’s Corporation.