Keynote Speaker: Judge Alvin R. Sharp
The Honorable Alvin R. Sharp currently serves as a judge for Louisiana's 4th Judicial District Court, which serves Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes.
Sharp graduated from kindergarten in 1971 as class valedictorian. He finished Ouachita Parish High School in 1982 as a member of the National Honor Society.
He received his bachelor’s degree (with Latin Honors) from Southern University A & M College in 1986.
In 1989, Judge Sharp earned his Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center with several distinctions - including the cum laude designation and national moot court team leader.
In 1990, Judge Sharp earned a masters in law from Emory University where he was a Gambrel Hall Merit Scholar and the author of an Evidence manual that was later used as a “teaching tool” at the Emory School of Law.
Judge Sharp is a former editor-in-chief of law review and the editor in chief of several legal newsletters. He has written many pieces relating to trial techniques, evidence, civil procedure, family law, and litigation in general. He has authored several textbooks which are used in major universities in Louisiana and Georgia.
He is a former federal judicial law clerk, a past litigator for the Indigent Defender Board, a past Monroe City Prosecutor, past Monroe City Attorney, past general counsel for the Monroe City School Board, and a past member of Sharp & Sharp. Attorneys at Law.
Judge Sharp has served the judiciary in many ways. He is the originator of Night Court in Monroe City Court and at the 4th Judicial District Court.
He has served as chief judge in 2007 and 2008 where he was instrumental in making many “firsts” for the court during his tenure - including the 3945 Compliance Sheet and the first en banc judges meeting for Morehouse Parish.
Additionally, he is a former bar exam grader, a ten year veteran university professor of civil litigation, and a developer of educational programs for students interested in the legal field.
He has written several novels and will soon publish a three part work on his late father, attorney James Sharp, Jr., and publishes "The Letter of the Law," a weekly news column in The Monroe Dispatch.
Judge Sharp is a minister of the Gospel, an ordained deacon, and a Sunday school teacher. He has written several spiritual plays and conducted over 500 Christian Learning Education lectures. He has chaired numerous committees at his church.
He is the father of one and has written several children’s books dedicated to his son - Peyton. He is the founder of his own foundation dedicated to advancing ten basic principles for children.
Judge Sharp is a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He has a pet parrot named Truman and in his spare time he likes to read about the Rottweiler and the Bernese Mountain dog. One day, he hopes to be a proud owner of both.
He is very thankful for his mother Barbara Sharp, and his wife - Ronda Sharp - to whom he has been married for fifteen years.