Judge Tracey Flemings Davillier brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong work ethic to the State of Louisiana, Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit. Judge Flemings Davillier is known for her keen understanding and analysis of the law and ability to manage the Court docket in a professional manner, as well as her sound judicial temperament.
Elected to the Criminal Court Bench in November 2012, immediately upon taking the bench in January 2103, Judge Davillier began tackling an excessive existing court docket totaling almost 400 matters, including a significant number of highly complex felony cases. While being allotted a substantial number of new cases each year, she still managed to resolve a large volume of cases on a yearly bases, ultimately resulting in resolution of 1,791 cases by the end of 2016, the largest number of cases closed amongst all 12 Sections of Criminal Court.
Her work as a public servant and her fiduciary duty to the Court does not just center around her caseload, Judge Flemings Davillier plays an integral role in the overall operations of the Court Administration and Court Programs. She serves as a Judicial Liaison for the Court Intervention Services programs, which includes Drug Court, Domestic Violence Monitoring Court, Mental Health Court, and the newly developed Pretrial Services Program, of which she played an essential role in developing and implementing. Judge Flemings Davillier also serves as a Drug Court Judge, and chairs the Finance, Legislative and Pretrial Services Committees.
Judge Flemings Davillier’s public service does not end at the steps of the Courthouse. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court has appointed Judge Flemings Davillier to serve as the judicial liaison on the Louisiana Body Camera Task Force, a Louisiana legislative sub-committee created to develop statewide policies vis-à-vis law enforcement body worn cameras. Additionally, Judge Flemings Davillier serves on the Blueprint for Safety Domestic Violence Initiative sponsored by the City of New Orleans and The Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, wherein she previously served as the Co-chair of the Legislative Committee. In 2016, Judge Flemings Davillier co-chaired the Louisiana Spring Conference for Judges, sponsored by the Louisiana Judicial College.
During her service as Judge in Juvenile Court, Judge Flemings Davillier’s extensive and broad legal experience, as well as her management skills, resulted in operation of Juvenile Court in an efficient, effective and productive manner. While on the Juvenile Court bench, Judge Davillier was appointed to numerous committees because of her judicial temperament and work ethic. She served on working committees that focus on real results, including the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Louisiana Judicial Council, the Louisiana Sentencing Commission – Education Team, the Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, among several other organizations and committees.
Prior to her election as Judge of Juvenile Court, Tracey was a practicing attorney at Phelps Dunbar, LLP for 14 years, handling a wide variety of legal matters, such as products liability and insurance-related cases, including asbestos, bodily injury, construction defect, employment, environmental contamination, toxic tort, professional liability and malpractice claims. In addition, Tracey worked with local counsel on numerous cases in many states around the country, playing an active role in the management of each case. Tracey’s ability to comprehend the substantive law of various practice areas in conjunction with a specific state’s interpretation of that area of law and to work with local counsel in various states exemplifies her intellectual capability to understand and apply the law as required. As a senior level attorney at Phelps Dunbar, Tracey played an integral role in the supervision and training of other associates on various projects.
As a volunteer attorney with The Pro Bono Project, Tracey's representation of minors, who were placed in the custody of the State of Louisiana via the Office of Community Services, proved to be invaluable to her clients and their well-being. Tracey's role as the attorney for the child was to ensure that all decisions were made in the best interest of the child and that the child’s living, educational, medical and psychological needs were met.
Significantly, Tracey has also served as a judicial law clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, assisting with the management of civil and criminal trial dockets. Tracey chaired the Juvenile Division Transition Team for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, wherein she and the Committee of citizens, who are concerned about the welfare of our City’s youth and at the forefront of juvenile justice reform, addressed issues involving the juvenile justice system.
Tracey also served as a Hearing Committee Member under the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. In that capacity, Tracey’s committee conducted hearings related to formal charges filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel against attorneys for alleged violations of the Code of Professional Conduct, petitions for reinstatement, petitions for readmission, petitions for transfer to or from disability inactive status, petitions for conditional admission and petitions for interim suspensions. On behalf of her Hearing Committee, Tracey has also drafted written reports to the Disciplinary Board analyzing witness testimony and evidence presented at the hearings and evaluating the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct.
Judge Flemings Davillier’s extensive judicial and legal experience, well-rounded background and skillset make her the best candidate for Judge of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit.