Sonjanita Coleman Jordan is the past-president of the New Orleans Paralegal Association (2015-2017) and now holds the positions of the New Orleans Paralegal Association’s Mentor Committee Chair. Sonjanita was the first African American President for the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA). Sonjanita is a 2004 graduate of the University of New Orleans Paralegal Studies Program where she received her ABA Paralegal Certification. Sonjanita began her legal career at the law firm of Hunter, Scott, Blue and Johnson as a legal secretary in January 1995. Since graduation she has worked for the Law Firm of Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Federal Public Defender’s Office and the Louisiana State Bar Association. She is also the owner of LA Paralegals, LLC in which she is a Freelance/Contract Paralegal.
In 2018 Sonjanita was awarded the inaugural Justice Champion Award presented by the National Federation Paralegal Association (NFPA) in which she serves as a committee member on the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee. She was also awarded the 2016 New Orleans Paralegal Associations (NOPA) Paralegal of the Year Award and the Louisiana State Paralegal Associations (LSPA) 2011 Outstanding Paralegal of the Year Award. She was on the LSPA’s board for 4 years as their District Director for Region I, 1st Vice President and the Marketing and Professional Development Chair and she currently serves on the Paralegal Advisory Board of Herzing University and the General Legal Studies Program Advisory Committee at Tulane University.