Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government at the Louisiana Supreme Court
(Front row, left to right): Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, and Louisiana Supreme Court Justice James Genovese gather with participants in the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government.
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Justice John L. Weimer, and Justice James T. Genovese hosted Governor John Bel Edwards and the college students selected to participate in the inaugural Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government at the Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans. The Fellows Program is designed to provide the participating students with the opportunity to collaborate with state agency leaders on existing projects, gain first-hand knowledge of the development and implementation of public policy, and provide a better understanding of Louisiana government and current affairs directly from state leaders.
“It was a pleasure to welcome the first Governor’s Fellows in the history of the state of Louisiana to the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Johnson said. “We are always encouraged by the interest shown by the next generation in learning how our state government operates, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the Fellows and serve as a resource for questions they had on the judicial system.”
The Fellows Program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Each Fellow, who is either from Louisiana or enrolled in a Louisiana college or university, was assigned to work in an agency in Baton Rouge that aligned with their personal and professional interests.
This year’s class (and the office to which they were assigned) includes: William Boles – Louisiana Dept. of Health, Sec. Rebekah Gee; Lindsey Cooper – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, CPRA Board Chairman Johnny Bradberry; Jared Johnson – Office of the Governor; Kobie Lain – Dept. of Transportation and Development, Sec. Shawn Wilson; Seth Leto – Louisiana Dept. of Economic Development, Sec. Don Pierson; Regina Mungwe – Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections, Sec. Jimmy Leblanc; Tanisha Pruitt – Louisiana Workforce Commission, Executive Director Ava Dejoie; Alexander Rader – Louisiana State Police, Col. Kevin Reeves; Tatiana Gonzalez–Quiroga – Office of Juvenile Justice, Sec. James Bueche; Zoe Williamson – Office of the Governor.
Regina Mungwe, PhD candidate at Southern University from Cameroon said, “As an African, participating in the Fellows program is a once in a lifetime experience. The program is affording me the privilege to gain first-hand knowledge of Louisiana’s government and how it operates. I appreciated the warm welcome we received from everyone at the Supreme Court, and I thank Governor Edwards for making the visit possible.”
“Being able to have an engaging panel discussion with members of the Supreme Court and Governor, and meeting Chief Justice Johnson was the highlight of my visit,” Kobie Lain said. “It did not take long for us to be able to see how seriously they take their positions. I want to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity because not many are given the chance, and I am thankful to the members of the Louisiana Supreme Court for taking time out of their day to speak with us,” he said.
During the Program, the Fellows participated in weekly speaker series and field trips to expose them to the inner workings of state government. For more information on the 2018 Governor’s Fellows in Louisiana Government, please see: http://gov.louisiana.gov/page/2018-governors-fellows.