With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to Tammy Stewart, a beloved soul who touched the lives of many people. Tammy died in peace on Monday, July 24. She was 53 years old. She leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness that her family and friends will always remember.
Tammy was a loving wife, mother, and friend, and she was kind and generous to a fault. She made everyone around her happy with her warm smile and loving nature. As we get together to celebrate her life, we think about the beautiful times we had together and how much she meant to everyone who knew her.
Tammy Stewart Obituary
According to court authorities and family, Tammy Stewart, the senior judge on the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court bench, passed away on Monday. 53 years old.
Dianne Stewart, Stewart’s mother, reported that the judge passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Monday at a hospital following a brief illness. She noted that Stewart is survived by an 11-year-old son but chose not to elaborate.
Democratic candidate Stewart initially won the Section B seat in 2009. In 2020, she ran unopposed for a 6-year term which was her most recent. Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement in which she said, “The city of New Orleans lost a dedicated public servant who was committed to fairness and the principles of justice.”
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According to Aaron Clark-Rizzio, co-executive director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, which represents minors in juvenile court, Stewart won over lawyers on all sides of the political aisle as a judge.
She was “an incredibly fair judge who genuinely cared about the kids who came before her,” he added. “She always treated all attorneys — including defense attorneys — with respect, even when we disagreed.”
Stewart practiced law both privately and for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office prior to being appointed a judge.
Prior to being elected to the position, she had additionally worked as a temporary juvenile court judge under appointments made by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Stewart obtained a bachelor’s degree from Southern University in New Orleans before attending Ohio State University to study law.
“The Honorable Judge Stewart was a cherished family member, a respected judge, and a true champion of justice. It was a privilege to know and work with her; the impact of her life’s work made the city of New Orleans a better place,” District Attorney Jason Williams said in a statement.
“The City of New Orleans lost a devoted public servant who was committed to fairness and the principles of justice,” she said. “The legacy that Judge Stewart leaves behind is seen every day in the lives of the young people she so positively impacted. Her dedication, professionalism and service to our City will always be remembered.”