Hulin sworn in as new judge in Vermilion Parish
Laurie Hulin talks to the crowd after the swear-in.
Laurie's father, Jewitt helps put on her robe.
Laurie Hulin gets sworn in by Judge Durwood Conque (left). Shane Langlinais, Laurie's husband, holds the Bible.
Sitting and watching the ceremony were Laurie's parents, (left to right) her father Jewitt, mother Ella, and brother Paul.
Laurie Hulin sits with attorney Paul Moresi III before the swearing in.
Judges from Acadiana attended the swearing in.
Laurie Hulin was all smiles after being sworn in by Judge Durwood Conque. On the right is Laurie's husband, Shane Langlinais.
The court room was packed with friends and family.
Laurie speaks with her parents, Jewitt and Ella Hulin.
For a few years Laurie Hulin was on the other side of the bench trying to prosecute criminals as an assistant district attorney in the 15th Judicial District. As of Jan. 1, 2015, Hulin will now be overseeing the courtroom as the district judge.
Hulin was sworn into office Wednesday by Judge Durwood Conque. The swearing-in was held on the second floor of the courthouse in Abbeville. Attorney Paul Moresi III and Chief Judge Marilyn Castle were at the swearing-in. There were other judges from the district who also attended.
She put her hand on a bible that her parents (Jewitt and Ella Hulin) gave her specifically for the swearing-in. Her brother Paul presented her with her new gavel. Her father gave her a robe.
The large courtroom was full of supporters and friends of Hulin.
“Family and friends, thank you for sharing this moment with me,” Hulin said. “This is such an important moment for me.”
She has already hit the ground running as a new judge. On Jan. 2, she signed her first warrant as a judge and her first trial is set for Feb. 2.
She thanked her parents, brother, Paul, and husband Shane Langilnais for their support and foundation they gave her.
Hulin said her mother taught her patience and to be kind to others.
Her father, she said, gave her a strong work ethic.
Hulin thanked Judge Durwood Conque for everything he taught her about law. He is retiring after 27 years.
“I am fortunate to follow Judge Conque,” she said. “Thank you for mentoring and teaching me.”