Judge Grace Bennett Gasaway
JUDGE GRACE BENNETT GASAWAY, was born in Hammond where she has maintained residency her entire life. Judge Gasaway graduated from Hammond High School with honors in 1979, and received a B.A. Degree in Political Science in 1982 and a J.D. Degree in 1985 from Louisiana State University. She is also a graduate of the National Judicial College.
Judge Gasaway opened a private law practice in 1986 and subsequently took office as Judge of the City Court of Hammond on January 1, 1997. Judge Gasaway holds many professional memberships including past president of the Louisiana City Court Judge’s Association, Member at Large of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Trustees, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Committee on Family and Juvenile Court Rules of the Judicial Council, Florida Parishes American Inns of Court, 21st Judicial District Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
She has presented the judicial perspective for training of Court Appointed Special Advocates; presentations regarding the judicial system to Leadership Tangipahoa, and a frequent speaker and presenter of legal educational programs throughout the state. She has implemented numerous juvenile programs through the Juvenile Services Division of the City Court.
Judge Gasaway has been honored throughout the community and legal profession. She was the recipient of the 1999 "Annie Award" for Outstanding Woman of the Year in Government, sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce; the 2002 Crystal Gavel Award presented by the Louisiana State Bar Association recognizing judges who have been unsung heroes in their communities, who have performed services in aiding the administration of justice and educating the public about legal matters as well as making the court system more welcoming and understandable for consumers; and the 2005 Woman of the Year Award presented by the Junior Auxiliary of Hammond.