James Jerome Carter, Jr.

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Born (1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 54)
New Orleans, Louisiana
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materHoward University
  • Lawyer
  • former politician

James Jerome Carter, Jr. (born July 28, 1969) is an American lawyer and former politician.

Early Life and Education

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was educated at the historic New Orleans’ McDonough #35 College Preparatory Senior High School and the Internationally renowned New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (1987), where he studied theatre. He received a BA degree in Philosophy from Howard University (1991), and went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law (1997).


He was appointed director for the New Orleans Weed and Seed Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as a public defender. From 2006-2010, he served as the city councilman for New Orleans District C (which includes the historic Tremé Neighborhood and French Quarter) post-Hurricane Katrina and city revitalization.[1] He was the first African American to serve as New Orleans’ Criminal Justice Commissioner, a position he resigned from after 18 months.

In 2000, he founded James Carter & Associates, LLC, which would eventually become Carter and McKee, LLC. He is currently the managing partner for The The Cochran Firm Trials & Mass Torts. James Carter is an adjunct professor and serves on the board of visitors at Howard University School of Law.[2] [2] [3][4]

He is the lead attorney for the family of Tommie McGlothen, a mentally impaired man who died while in Shreveport, Louisiana police custody during the 2020 United States racial unrest in the United States.[5] [6][7][8][9][10][11]


James Carter is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, all Louisiana United States District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal as well as the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice Board of Governors[12], and he has served since 2015 on the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors - the body that provides policy guidance and fiscal oversight for nine public universities in Louisiana.[13] He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.[14]

Awards and Honors

2012 and 2016 Leadership in Law honoree from the New Orleans City Business Magazine.[15]

Honorary doctorate of laws degree from Grambling State University in 2019.[16][17]

Personal Life

He is the son of James Jerome Carter, Sr and Mildred Colbert Carter, husband to Rene Carter, and father to Brice Carter.[18] [2]


  1. "Rebuilding the Criminal Justice System in New Orleans | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "New Orleans, LA | The Cochran Firm".
  3. "James Carter | Howard University School of Law". law.howard.edu.
  4. "Meet our Board of Visitors | Howard University School of Law". law.howard.edu. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  5. June 11, Robert J. WrightPublished; 2020. "McGlothen Family Attorney on Video: 'Our Eyes Don't Lie to Us'". News Radio 710 KEEL. Retrieved 2020-10-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. Levenson, Michael (2020-09-18). "Four Louisiana Officers Charged in Death of Black Man With Mental Illness". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  7. Bayliss, Deborah. "Four Louisiana police officers indicted in death of Black man with mental illness". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  8. "Son: 'Denied truth' in black man's death". Arkansas Online. 2020-06-13. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  9. "4 Louisiana Police Officers Charged in the Death of 44-Year-Old Black Man Who Suffered From Mental Health Issues". The Root. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  10. EDT, Daniel Villarreal On 9/21/20 at 8:07 PM (2020-09-21). "Police Charged After Video Shows Them Beating Man They Say Died of Heart Attack". Newsweek. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  11. Press, Associated. "4 Louisiana police officers charged in Black man's death". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  12. "Board of Governors | Louisiana Association for Justice". www.lafj.org. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  13. "Board Members". UL System. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  14. "James Carter - Councilman, District C, New Orleans". www.jamescarter.la. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  15. "James Carter selected 2016 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law honoree".
  16. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/louisiana/articles/2019-12-17/former-new-orleans-councilman-awarded-honorary-doctorate
  18. Batesville, Inc. "Obituary for James Jerome Carter, Sr. at The Boyd Family Funeral Home". www.anewtraditionbegins.com. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)

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