Aylin Acikalin

Running for Judge 1st City Court, Section B

Summary

Aylin Acikalin is a Democratic candidate running for City Court Judge in Orleans Parish.

Visit Aylin Acikalin's Website: https://www.electaylin.com/about-aylin.html

Experience

Education:

  • Tulane Law School (J.D.)
  • George Washington University (B.A. cum laude, International Affairs, Elliott School)

 

Relevant Experience:

  • City Councilemember Nadine M. Ramsey (Legislative Director, 2014-17)
  • Attorney (Present, works to protect seniors and small businesses)

How They Compare

We will continue to update this chart as we receive candidate's responses.

On Public Safety & Community Investment Issues

  • I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.
  • I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.
  • I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

    I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree

    I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

    I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree
  • I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree

    I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

    I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

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On Restorative Justice Issues

  • I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.
  • I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.
  • I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.
  • I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

  • Sara Lewis

    Disagree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Disagree
  • I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Disagree
  • I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Disagree
  • I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

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On Equal Participation

  • As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.
  • I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.

    As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree
  • I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.

  • Sara Lewis

    Agree

    As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

  • I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.

  • Marissa A. Hutabarat

    -

    As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree
  • I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.

  • Schalyece Harrison

    Agree

    As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

  • I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.

  • Robbins Graham

    -

    As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    -

  • I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.

  • Aylin Acikalin

    Agree
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Where Aylin Acikalin Stands

I support educational opportunities for all people and hiring policies based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denials based on past mistakes. I support 'banning the box’ on statewide job applications. As a community leader, I will be a role model in this effort, encourage others to do the same, and protect the right to work for all people in Louisiana.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). It is possible that a case could come before the court on this issue. With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office. I will "ban the box" on applications for employment in my office if elected, except the extent it applies to the Louisiana Bar admissions requirements for law clerks.

I support substance abuse and mental health treatment conducted by medical professionals, not police and deputies. I support crisis intervention by highly trained and skilled individuals who work to de-escalate tension and promote nonviolence among our communities. As a member of the judiciary, I will advance and protect a public health approach to resolving issues that arise from these challenges.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). It is possible that a case could come before the court on this issue. With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office. To the extent appropriate and feasible, I will explore implementing alternative dispute resolution and mediation in First City Court. I participated in a 40 hour community mediation training by Community Mediation Services and New York Peace Institute and have done community mediations as a form of alternative dispute resolution.

I support local and state efforts to create housing units that are accessible and affordable for all people, with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration. I will encourage fellow community leaders to make housing available to all people in Louisiana, and will not support evictions solely due to a conviction or arrest.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.

I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools. I will work to end punitive school environments that resemble prisons. As a judge, I will do whatever it takes to shift back addressing misbehavior to schools, without criminal justice system involvement.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). It is possible that a case could come before the court on this issue. With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office. As former legislative director for Council member Ramsey, I helped establish and staffed the Special Committee for Youth Services and Empowerment, which highlighted issues such as the school based mental health programs, conflict resolution and trauma informed care. These hearings resulted in increased attention to these issues and funding for such programs. See, e.g., http://cityofno.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=2429&meta_id=338076

I support the creation of a trauma assessment tool that would be used prior to sentencing. I will work to ensure that people charged with crimes are informed of all collateral consequences that accompany a conviction--voting, employment, housing, education, professional licensing, potential future criminal allegations. Further, I support an end to excessively long and punitive sentences that provide no meaningful opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, or second chances.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. This is a civil judicial seat which does not deal with criminal issues so this is not applicable to this election. To the extent that these issues would come up in a civil case, I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office. I will ban the box in my own hiring practices, except as where required by Louisiana Bar admissions for law clerks.

I support the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, an end to incarceration based on people’s ability to afford freedom, and an expedited review of individuals who are currently detained in the jail.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. This is a civil judicial seat which does not deal with criminal issues so this is not applicable to this election. To the extent that these issues would come up in a civil case, I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.

I will publicly post the names of all people who endorse me or fund my campaign, as well as the entities in which they have a financial or professional interest, on my campaign or judicial website. I will recuse myself if any of these supporters, or their immediate family members, are scheduled to appear in my courtroom. This includes other elected officials.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office. Judicial candidates are prohibited from soliciting and accepting campaign contributions. The campaign committee will post contributions online as required by the campaign finance laws. Endorsement will be posted online. I am prohibited from making a commitment to recuse. I will follow the judicial canons and law on recusals in all cases.

As an elected official and community leader, I support voting rights for all people under community supervision, without prohibitive burdens of voter registration. I will encourage all people to take part in the democratic process if (and when) the law is changed.

I check both boxes because there is not a "no answer" option. I am prohibited from answering this type of question by Judicial Canon 7.B.(d). With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, judicial candidates shall not make pledges, promises or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office. Judicial candidates are prohibited from engaging in politics and supporting candidates. Prior to becoming a candidate I was a member of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee, participated in voter registration drives, supported the passage of Act 636 (2018) and will continue to support such efforts to the extent allowed by judicial ethics.

I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices that result in different treatment due to one's race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity. If elected, my courtroom will be a place of dignity for all people.

Unequivocally, yes. I will provide regular sensitivity and nondiscrimination training for my employees and encourage the other judges and clerk's office to do the same.

I support the establishment of strong and empowered community boards, which will monitor public servants in the police department, the courthouse, and the jails. I believe judges and prosecutors should be held accountable for their actions. I support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms.
Agree

I absolutely support judicial accountability in open and transparent courtrooms. I'm not sure what you mean by "the establishment of community boards." I welcome court watchers in the courtroom, which is a public venue. To the extent this questions applies to "prosecutors" and "police" and "jail", it is not applicable to First City Court which is a civil court. As former legislative director on the City Council prior to running for judicial office, I helped with the passage of the legislation that established the independence and funding of the independent police monitor.

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