Honorable Yvette Mansfield Alexander

Personal Information
Born Yvette Mansfield, on June 23, 1956, in Monroe, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Andrew Mansfield. She has two daughters, Nicole (Jarrow Merenivitch, Jr.) and NaKesha (James Vernon) and five granddaughters Samaria, Noelle, Raegan Parker, Kendall, and Reign.

Education
Judge Alexander earned a J.D. from the Louisiana State University Law Center in 1979, where she attended law school on the Earl Warren Legal Scholarship. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Grambling State University in 1989.

Career
Judge Alexander began her legal career as counsel for the Louisiana State House of Representatives and the Louisiana State Senate. Realizing that Criminal Law was her forte, she began working at the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defender’s Office and the law firm of Moore and Moore in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From 1988-1995, she served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Louisiana Department of State under Secretary of State Fox McKeithen and as an Ex-Officio Member of both the Louisiana State Bond Commission and the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Judge Alexander practiced law for over 17 years before being elected to the bench. In 1995, she was elected to Division D of the Baton Rouge City Court. She was the first African American woman to be elected to the Baton Rouge City Court. And the First African American woman to serve as Chief Judge of that court.

Professional, Civic and Business Affiliations
Judge Alexander is a member of the following Organizations: Louis A. Martinet Legal Society (Past President), Baton Rouge Bar Association, American Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges, LSU Law Center Black Alumni (Past President) and the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys. She also participates in the Louisiana Lupus Foundation, YMCA, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Life Member), NAACP (Life Member), Sankofa Human Development Corporation (Board Member), Grambling State University Alumni Association, Charles P. Adams Chapter (Past President), Louisiana State Bar Association and the National Bar Association. She is a past President of the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. As President of the Louisiana Judicial Council she spearheaded the creation of the Louisiana Black Judges Association Scholarship program. She is a past Chair of the National Bar Association Judicial Council (2011 – 2012). Judge Alexander also serves as the 2021-2022 President of the American Judges Association.

Life Work
Judge Alexander became interested in community and public service at a young age after working on her father’s election committee. She realized she wanted to become a Judge early in her legal career because of many Judges’ inferior treatment of defendants. She vowed to work towards changing this treacherousness. She believes that in order to change a system you must be in a decision making position in that system. She has worked diligently towards this goal. Her campaign slogan was “Your Voice for Justice.” She believes that all Judges should strive to administer justice with fairness and compassion.

Her Mantra: Let go of what you think life should be and just enjoy the life you have. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for a better life, it only means that you should not be consumed by what you don’t have and miss out on enjoying the wonderful life you have.

She is the recipient of numerous awards. Some of which are: Alumnus of the Year – Grambling State University; Beacon Award for Excellence in the Judiciary; City of Alexandria Martin Luther King Award; National Association of Black Criminal Justice Speaker Award; Rayville Black History Award Honoree; FCC Black Affairs Award; Grambling State University College of Liberal Arts Award; 4th District Black Achievement Award; City of Baton Rouge Award of Gratitude; National Bar Association Judicial Council Raymond Pace Alexander Award; Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys Pace Setter Award.