Section B

Hon. Andrea Price Janzen, Chief Judge

Hon. Andrea Price Janzen

Judge Andrea Price Janzen was elected in July of 1996, to Section "B" of the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court and is currently serving as Chief Judge. Prior to being elected Judge, Judge Janzen had been an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish since 1982. As a prosecutor, Judge Janzen served as an assistant in the Juvenile Court from 1983 to 1988, where she prosecuted thousands of Child Abuse, Delinquency and Child Support Cases. In 1989, Judge Janzen created the Felony Child Abuse Prosecution Unit of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. As Supervisor of that division, she was involved in the prosecution of hundreds of felony cases involving child victims. She has prosecuted child sex abuse cases in Grand Jury Proceedings, and has prosecuted major child abuse cases in state court.

Judge Janzen has conducted numerous workshops and lectured on Juvenile and Child Abuse Laws for many professional groups. She has lectured for the National Conference of Juvenile Justice; the Louisiana Conference on Child Abuse; the National and Louisiana Associations of District Attorneys; the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American Psychological Association; Family Services Society of Greater New Orleans; the Office of Community Services; Jefferson Parish Police Academy; the Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice; Loyola University Law School – Juvenile Law Seminar; LSU Medical School Department of Psychiatry and the Law; various civic and educational groups throughout the New Orleans area, and numerous other groups.

Prior to her election, Judge Janzen was President of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center. She was a member of the Louisiana Children’s Code Committee and of the Jefferson Parish Inter Agency Task Force. She is currently a member of numerous Judicial and Legal Organizations, including the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (Past President); the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; the American Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association; and the Jefferson Bar Association. She has served on the board of directors for the 5th Circuit Judges Associations (Past President); the Jefferson Community Charter School; and the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board. She is a past board member of A Child’s Wish of Greater New Orleans, the Jefferson Twenty-five Political Organization for Women; Loyola University School of Law Alumni; Boystown of Louisiana; and the 4th and 5th Circuit Judges Association and continues to be active in Juvenile Justice Reform at the state and local levels. She was appointed by Governor Jindal to serve on the Youth Development Advisory Council.

Judge Janzen is a 2016 fellow of the Early Childhood Policy Leadership Institute of the Tulane University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Judge Janzen holds a J.D. degree from Loyola University Law School and a B.A. in Drama and Communications from the University of New Orleans.

 

Section A

Hon. Ann M. Keller

Hon. Ann Murray Keller

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.

 

 

Section C

Hon. Barron C. Burmaster

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.