John Michael Guidry, a judge on the First Circuit of the Louisiana Court of Appeal since 1997, has become the 15th Chief Judge in the 100 year history of the First Circuit. The Circuit, located in East Baton Rouge Parish, is one of five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts. The circuit of 12 judges has jurisdiction over sixteen parishes in Southeastern Louisiana.
Judge Guidry is a 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1987 graduate of Southern University Law Center.
Before assuming judicial office, Judge Guidry served in the Louisiana legislature, elected first to the House of Representatives and elected two years later to the State Senate. In addition to elective judicial and legislative service, Judge Guidry served as the Assistant Clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives, as an assistant parish attorney, a commissioner of the Greater Baton Rouge Port and served on the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission. Since 1988, Judge Guidry has served as an adjunct professor at the Southern University Law Center and as an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University for more than 25 years.
He has been a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs. He has been twice appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court, on the recommendation of its Chief Justice, to serve on the governing body of the Louisiana Judicial College and in 2014 served as President of the Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors.