Elise Schenck Data News Weekly Contributor
This week, Tammy Stewart, the most senior judge on the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court bench, passed away according to court officials and family. She was 53.
Stewart rose to the office winning her post to occupy the bench in Section B in 2009. Winning multiple terms easily, in her most recent bid in 2020 she won without opposition.
Before becoming a judge, Stewart worked for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and as a private attorney. She had also served as a temporary juvenile court judge under appointments by the Louisiana Supreme Court before winning the seat.
Stewart graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern University at New Orleans and earned her law degree at Ohio State University.
Her dedication as a judge who truly served with honor, dignity, and integrity is noted by many who speak of her amazing life and impact.
“The City of New Orleans lost a devoted public servant who was committed to fairness and the principles of justice,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a statement.
US representative Troy Carter took to Facebook to write about Judge Stewart and get impact. Stating how she served with dedication and a commitment to “fairness, integrity, and compassion” to New Orleans. Carter added that he shares his sincerest condolences to her family and that her life, legacy, and impact on the community will be remembered forever.
“It is with our deepest regret and unbelievable sadness that we announced the passing of our beloved colleague, friend, and Senior Judge on the juvenile bench Tammy Stewart,” said Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Candice Bates Anderson. “Tammy leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, mother, sister, and one brother. Tammy always fulfilled her duties as a judge. She will be terribly missed.”
“She was an extraordinary individual, admired and treasured by her colleagues. Her passing is a great loss to the court and the New Orleans Justice System,” Orleans Parish Chief Judge Ranord Darensburg said.
“Her passing is a great loss to the Court and the City she so loyally served. On behalf of our entire team at the DA’s Office, we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones. May God give them strength during this difficult time,” said District Attorney Jason Williams.
Williams also noted, “The Honorable Judge Stewart was a cherished family member, respected judge, and a true champion of justice. It was a privilege to know and work with her; the impact of her life’s work made the City of New Orleans a better place.”
Judge Tammy Stewart served with honor, dignity, and integrity. She will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues. Data News Weekly gives our condolences to this great New Orleanian.