Brigid Collins ’00 (counseling and criminal justice), J.D. ’03, was named to an Orleans Parish magistrate commissioner’s post by a vote of the dozen judges at Criminal District Court. Collins is a private defense attorney and a former prosecutor and can continue to practice private law while serving as commissioner. In her role as commissioner, she will set bail amounts, preside over probable cause hearings and other early court proceedings in felony cases, and sign arrest and search warrants. She is one of four commissioners under Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell. Collins replaces outgoing M2 Commissioner Juana Lombard.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to serve the residents of Orleans Parish, and I am honored by the display of confidence in my abilities by the judges of criminal court,” Collins said in a statement. “I assure the residents of Orleans Parish that I will serve the people in a professional and courteous manner. I hope that I make the community proud.”