Jefferson Parish District Attorney

District Attorney Paul Connick

Paul Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 3, 1954. He is one of eight (8) children. He is married to the former Giselle Dutrey, and together they have five (5) children.

Paul graduated from Loyola University in 1976. He received a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1979. From 1980 to 1988, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish.

He was a member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana from 1992 to 1996. This commission oversees the ethical conduct of state judges. He was chairman of the Commission in 1995.

Prior to his election, he was a Senior Partner in the private law firm of Connick, Wimberly & deLaup.

Paul Connick, Jr. was elected District Attorney of Jefferson Parish on November 5, 1996. Upon taking office, he implemented many policies and programs designed to make the office more professional and proficient.

He developed and implemented a nationally recognized student drug testing program and has been an invited speaker on the topic at presentations by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Mr. Connick serves on the following boards and committees:

  • Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, Board of Directors, President
  • Criminal Justice Agency, Board of Directors
  • Jefferson Parish Community School, Board of Directors
  • Criminal Justice Information System Committee, Board of Directors
  • Southeast Louisiana Council Boy Scouts of America, Board of Directors
  • Member of Louisiana Drug Control & Violent Crime Policy Board
  • Member of Louisiana Sexual Assault Task Force
  • Member of Commission on Law Enforcement & Administration of
    Criminal Justice
  • Member of Governor’s DWI Task Force
  • Member of Southeast Louisiana Council Exploring Committee (Boy Scouts
    of America)
  • Member of Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse
  • Member of Jefferson Parish Youth Task Force
  • Member of National White Collar Crime Commission
  • Member of Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration
    of Criminal Justice
  • Member of National District Attorney’s Association, State Liaison on Ethics


  • Common Sense Against Crime, CRIMEFIGHTERS & La. Women Against Crime 2003 District Attorney of the Year Award
  • Metropolitan Battered Women’s Program 1998 Cornerstone House Award
  • Victims and Citizens Against Crime 1999 Outstanding District Attorney
  • Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee 2000 Michael J. Yenni
  • Lifetime Democratic Achievement Award
  • Jefferson Alliance 2000 Outstanding Public Servant Award
  • 2001 District Attorney Award from the Henry C. Lee Institute in New Haven, Connecticut for domestic violence education programs
  • Louisiana Attorney General’s Office on Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement 2001 Criminal Justice Program Award Family Violence Prosecution Unit