Hon. Ann M. Keller, Chief Judge
Judge Ann Murry Keller was elected in August of 1987 to Section A of Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court. Prior to her election, Judge Keller was the Indigent Defender Attorney representing the children in Section C of Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court. As the children's attorney in Juvenile Court, Judge Keller represented hundreds of abused and neglected children as well as delinquent children and status offenders.
Judge Keller pioneered and organized the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Drug Court in 1998.
Judge Keller is a member of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has served as President of that organization. She is presently Past President of the Fifth Circuit Judges Association and a member of the National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, American Judicature Society, Association of Women Judges and the American Bar Association. Judge Keller is also an active member of the Jefferson Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Association.
Judge Keller received her J.D. Degree from Tulane University and her undergraduate degree from McNeese State University.
Judge Keller was raised in Oakdale, Louisiana before moving to Jefferson Parish in 1974.
Hon. Amanda Chauvin Calogero
Judge Amanda C. Calogero was elected first in 2018 then without opposition in 2020 to Section B of the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court. For the seven years prior to being elected, Judge Calogero was the Chief Prosecutor of the District Attorney’s Office supervising juvenile delinquency, child dependency, and child support cases. In her tenure with the District Attorney, Judge Calogero worked primarily in screening and prosecution of child abuse and homicide.
Judge Calogero achieved her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1997. While attending Loyola at night, Judge Calogero held a full time position as a Registered Nurse, primarily in the Emergency Department and as a weekend hospital administrator. Judge Calogero holds a bachelor of science in Nursing, having graduated in 1991 with Honors. While working in the nursing field, she obtained a certification in Emergency Nursing and completed critical care training. Judge Calogero is experienced in acute care settings, mental health, and various other areas of care. Judge Calogero was born in Houma, Louisiana, the 5th of 7 children in a law enforcement family.
Judge Calogero was hired as a prosecutor in 1998 and represented the 24th Judicial District in the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association on the board, assisted on the legislation committee, represented the office on the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention board, as well as the Commission on Human Trafficking. Judge Calogero holds the national distinction as a Child Welfare Specialist, recognized by the National Association of Counsel for Children, one of the first prosecutors in Louisiana to hold this distinction. Additionally, Judge Calogero completed a fellowship, having been invited to study with Dr. Charles Zeanah in the Early Childhood Policy Leadership Institute, a department of the Tulane University School of Medicine. Judge Calogero was a 2012 recipient of the Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Audrey Hepburn Care Center "Tree of Life" for work in the area of child abuse, as well a 2014 Louisiana State Police Superintendent’s Award for Excellence for work to end alcohol-related fatalities among teens.
Judge Calogero is married to Michael Calogero and has two daughters.
Hon. Barron C. Burmaster
Barron C. Burmaster was elected to Section 'C' on November 16, 2013. Judge Burmaster also serves as the presiding Judge for the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Drug Court.
He attended McDonogh 26 Elementary School, Gretna Middle School, and West Jefferson High School. The Judge served as Student Council President at Gretna and was president of the Class of 1981 at West Jefferson, where he also served as president of the National Honor Society and commander of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. He received a full academic scholarship to attend Loyola University graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He then received a full academic scholarship to attend Loyola Law School receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1989. After graduation, Judge Burmaster served as the Criminal Law Clerk for the Judges of 24th District Court until May 1991 when he was appointed an Assistant District Attorney.
The Judge served in the felony, research and appeals and juvenile division where he was Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division of the D.A.'s office (14 years service in the Juvenile Division). He served as Executive Assistant District Attorney from 2007 to 2013. Also, he was appointed to Governor Jindal's transition team as a member of the Youth Development Panel of the Crime and Public Safety Advisory Council. Judge Burmaster served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Jefferson Child Advocacy Center as President, is President of the German American Cultural Center, President of the Marrero Lions Club, is a past member of the Jefferson CASA Advisory Board, and is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association. Also, he was a member of the Louisiana District Attorney's Association where he has served as Second-Vice President from 2007 to 2013.
Other activities include membership in the Knights of Columbus, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and the Alliance of the American Dental Association. The Judge is a member of the Crown Point Homeowners Association and Visitation of Our Lady Parish where he serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He served as a member of the Louisiana Legislature's Juvenile Justice Commission Advisory board. Also, he served on the Louisiana Supreme Court's Committee to establish uniform Juvenile and Family Court Rules. The Judge attended the Loyola Institute of Politics earning a fellowship and is a former member of the Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee. He is a guest lecturer at Loyola University, Tulane University, Loyola School of Law, Concordia University, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Training Academy and the Gretna Police Department Training Academy.
He is currently serving as the liaison between the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Office of Juvenile Justice. He is a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Fifth Circuit Judges Association, is a member of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Judges Association and both the National and Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals.
Judge Burmaster is married to the former Maria Ribando who is a dentist with a private practice in Marrero. They have 3 sons, John, Barron, and Andrew. They reside in Crown Point.