Michelle Ward Ghetti
Professor Michele Ward Ghetti is currently in Washington, DC for a year serving as a Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. She is on a sabbatical from Southern University Law Center where she is the LOCHE Endowed Professor of Law and has taught courses for 21 years, including Professional Responsibility (aka Legal Ethics), Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (police and trial, specializing in death penalty cases), Evidence and Law & Religion. She is a Fellow with the National Institute For Teaching Ethics and Professionalism and a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. She has served on the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions, advising on testing and character/fitness issues, and has been trained by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). She also has actively served on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee. She is a frequent speaker on ethics and professionalism issues, as well as other topics.
After finishing her senior year at Southern Methodist University Law Center, she graduated from Louisiana State University Law School at the top of her class and took a job in the Dallas office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld practicing estate planning and then bankruptcy litigation. Eventually, she returned to Louisiana to practice commercial litigation with a medium size firm, as in-house counsel with Hibernia National Bank, and then with her own law firm, before entering academia. She has received the preeminent AV designation from her peers through Martindale-Hubbell and was just recently selected for the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Professor Ghetti works closely with the Louisiana Judicial College, the Louisiana Law Institute, and numerous other groups and individuals with issues involving education and policy-making and has written and/or consulted on numerous pieces of legislation each year. She served for many years on the Louisiana Indigent Defense Board and has written the Benchbook for Louisiana judges handling death penalty trials and, most recently, just completed the Best Practices Benchbook for all criminal trials. She currently serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Louisiana State Advisory Committee.