2002 Alumna Cherrell Simms Taplin Fills Orleans Parish Court Vacancy

The Louisiana Supreme Court selected Cherrell Simms Taplin, J.D. ’02, to fill a vacancy on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court created by the election of Judge Paula Brown to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.  Simms Taplin was the senior chief deputy city attorney, and will fill the vacancy in Division J from May 1 to Nov. 30, or until a new judge is elected.

Gov. Jon Bel Edwards will decide the date of the election for the Civil District Court spot, according to Meg Casper, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s Office. The next available dates would be an Oct. 18 primary and Nov. 18 general election.

Simms Taplin, who has served in her current role at the city since December 2013, is responsible for overseeing the Law Department's staff and more than 1,000 cases in active litigation, according to a Supreme Court press release.


Prior to that she worked as a defense lawyer in civil cases with the firms of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith and Bryan & Jupiter.

The Advocate: La. Supreme Court picks lawyer to fill temporary vacancy at Orleans Civil District Court