Radio Interview with Executive Director Simone Levine

Oct 14, 2015

Court Watch Nola’s Executive Director Simone Levine speaks out about the importance of monitoring the criminal court system on WHIV LP 102.3 FM’s JAC Radio Hour. Adrienne Wheeler of the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana and Simone Levine discuss CWN’s history, initiatives for the near future, and how to become involved. “Court watchers are New […]

Court Watch NOLA Has Hired A New Program Coordinator

Sep 29, 2015

September has been a busy month for Court Watch NOLA. Among the many changes, attorney Veronica Lam was hired for the newly created position of Program Coordinator. Veronica has worked and volunteered in prosecutorial, defense, and nonprofit offices across the U.S. before joining the CWN family. As Program Coordinator, Veronica is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CWN and […]

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Sep 18, 2015

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Court Watch NOLA hires a new Executive Director

Aug 19, 2015

Court Watch NOLA hired a new executive director in August 2015. Simone Levine is a lawyer who has served as both a prosecutor and a public defender before coming to Court Watch NOLA. She came to Court Watch NOLA right after serving as the Deputy Police Monitor of New Orleans in the Office of the […]

Support CWN on May 5 / GiveNOLA Day

Apr 30, 2015

Friends and Supporters, Over 100 Court Watch NOLA volunteers observed over 1000 mornings of court last year, showing our public servants and elected officials that New Orleanians from all walks of life want an accountable, efficient and respectful criminal justice system. Their observations led to two groundbreaking reports, which showed that while Criminal District Court […]

CWN Welcomes Sheriff Gusman to Spring Volunteer Meeting

Apr 06, 2015

Court Watch NOLA welcomed Sheriff Marlin Gusman to our community volunteer meeting today. Sheriff Gusman discussed the new jail facility, how to make the criminal courthouse even more secure, and the importance of re-entry programs that help soon-to-be-released incarcerated persons successfully transition to civilian life. Our thanks to Sheriff Gusman and his deputies for their […]

Nuremberg Courtroom 600: Where World War II Ended [Guest Post]

Feb 24, 2015

By Eugene B. Kordahl[1] Why Visit Courtroom 600? Why would a Court Watcher be interested in visiting the famous Nuremberg Palace of Justice’s courtroom 600? Because it was here that, after World War II ended, Nazi war criminals were brought to justice in dramatic trials held by Allied military tribunals. 13 major trials of alleged […]

Is N.O. Still “Among the Worst” for Brady Violations?

Feb 20, 2015

The New York Times recently cited New Orleans (under a previous D.A.) as “among the worst” when it comes to prosecutors refusing to share case evidence with defendants. And the news that the trial of Trung Le, who is accused of the 2014 Bourbon Street shooting, will be delayed because the state won’t share its […]

CWN Celebrates Its Community Volunteers

Jan 22, 2015

Court Watch NOLA celebrated our amazing community volunteers last night with a skyline view, a four-foot poboy, and a party! Our community volunteers observed 435 days of court in 2014, more than a 10% increase over 2013. So thank you to our volunteers for their hard work, and to our Board of Directors for throwing […]

CWN Welcomes Judge Williams to Criminal District Court

Jan 05, 2015

Congratulations to Judge Byron Williams, Criminal District Court Section G, who took the bench for the first time this morning. As the newest CDC Judge, he’ll be presiding over one of the attic courtrooms (with Sections A, F, and L also playing a game of musical chairs). Judge Williams was apparently eager to get started, […]