Sara Lewis

Running for Judge 1st City Court, Section B

Summary

Sara Lewis is a Democratic candidate running for City Court Judge in Orleans Parish.

Visit Sara Lewis's Website: https://lewisforjudge.com/

Experience

Education:

  • Tulane University (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Georgetown University (B.A., cum laude)

Relevant Experience:

  • Wall, Bullington & Cook, LLC (Attorney, 2010-Present)
  • Association of Women Attorneys (Member)
  • Energy Wise Alliance (Board member)

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

    -

>

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
>

Where Sara Lewis 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.
Agree

As much as possible, I would eliminate considerations of past convictions in hiring employees. I would also actively encourage my colleagues to do the same. I will look to formerly incarcerated people for expertise as they are the population most affected.

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.
Agree

To the extent I am able, I would support an integration of medical professionals and rehabilitation services into court proceedings.

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.
Agree

As a Judge I will be committed to following existing laws. If existing law permits conviction or arrest as a basis for eviction, I will have to honor proceedings on those grounds. I support housing availability to all people in Louisiana. I will look to formerly incarcerated people for expertise as they are the population most affected.

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.
Agree

I understand that success in school, which keeps children out of the criminal justice system, is affected by stable housing. As a Judge I will make sure the law is fairly applied to all defendants to maximize their chance of maintaining stable housing. I will look to formerly incarcerated people for expertise as to achieve this separation, as they are the population most affected.

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.
Agree

If elected judge, I will do my utmost to make sure that every litigant understands fully the ramifications of entering into any settlement agreement or choosing to go to trial. I will look to formerly incarcerated people for expertise as they are the population most affected.

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.
Agree

I will do my best to uphold and enforce all rights of all litigants in my courtroom. I will make sure that every litigant is aware of nonprofit legal resources that they may qualify for. I will look to formerly incarcerated people for expertise as they are the population most affected.

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.
Disagree

I disagree with this statement, as it is worded. As a judge, I am further unable to personally solicit or personally accept campaign contributions. It would be impossible for a judge to know all of these connections that might touch a donor or a litigant. I will uphold the judicial canon of ethics and all disclosure and recusal requirements.

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.
Agree

I want as many people who are legally able to engage in our great democracy. I will look to formerly incarcerated people for expertise as to how to encourage this participation.

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.
Agree

As community leaders it is important for people in positions of power to model absolutely equal treatment of all people they come into contact with. As judge, my courtroom will be a place where all litigants are afforded the same respect and attention.

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

If elected, the door of my courtroom will always be open and all proceedings will be transparent and open to examination.

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