Norma Broussard DuBois is a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy and received her B.A. degree in Political Economy in 1994 from H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University. She continued her studies at Loyola University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1997. While attending Loyola University, she was chosen to intern with Chief Judge of the United States Eastern District Court of Louisiana, Morey L. Sear. She graduated in the top one-third of her law school class. She is admitted to the Bar of the State of Louisiana.
After graduating from law school, Ms. DuBois worked for the District Attorney’s Office in Jefferson Parish as an Assistant District Attorney for two years. She prosecuted hundreds of cases in juvenile court and wrote briefs to the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the appellate division. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. DuBois was involved in the litigation of civil and criminal cases.
After being in private practice for several years, in 2004, Ms. DuBois returned to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office as Chief of Parish Courts. She was the Chief of the Parish Court Unit for nine years.
In December of 2012, Ms. DuBois was appointed Director of Felony DWI & Traffic Safety Outreach for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. This position was created to allow Ms. DuBois to focus on training of law enforcement and prosecutors. Her duties in this position include the organization and implementation of the DWI Court Program for the District Attorney’s Office.
Ms. DuBois was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to sit on the Governor’s DWI and Vehicular Homicide Task Force as the designee of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association in 2009. She was reappointed again in 2012 and again in 2018 by Governor John Bel Edwards.
Ms. DuBois has taught in the General Legal Studies Program at SoPA since 2002. She has taught a range of courses, including Interviewing and Investigation, Litigation I & II, Criminal Law, Ethics, Paralegal Practicum, and Evidence.
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
I love to travel. It does not need to be somewhere far from home. It could be a long weekend exploring new town or city.
What is your favorite thing about SoPA?
I enjoy meeting the students. I have meet some wonderful people and I like to feel that in some small way I have contributed to their professional career by passing along information that will help them along the way. I have a lot of knowledge that I have gained throughout my legal career and it is fun to share that with others.
Who has influenced you most in life?
As corny as it may sound, my mother influenced me most. She taught me to learn from her mistakes and to strive to do better. She taught me that work hard is important in life. However, education is just as important. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. She worked three jobs to pay for my schooling because she knew that an education would provide me with options in life. She was correct and I am the person I am today because of her.