Hon. Suzan S. Ponder

Mediator & Arbitrator


JUDGE PONDER was elected in May, 1993 to serve on the Baton Rouge City Court and retired June 30, 2017. She handled criminal and civil cases, including landlord-tenant matters, automobile accidents and contract disputes. During her tenure in City Court, Judge Ponder, in addition to handling her regular docket, presided over Sobriety Court, which addressed offenders with multiple DWI offenses. Prior to her election, she served as an Assistant District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish as well as engaging in private practice.

Education & Special Training

  • B.S., Louisiana State University, 1977
  • J.D., Southern University Law Center, 1983


Louisiana State Bar Association

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Chair of Baton Rouge Bench Bar Conference

Co-Chair of Baton Rouge Bar 75th Anniversary Committee AWARDS

Recipient of Baton Rouge Bar President's Award

Appointed by Louisiana Supreme Court to Judiciary Commission Rules Revision Committee

Appointed by Louisiana Supreme Court as Louisiana's Delegate to National Conference on Assisting Pro Se Litigants

Selected by Louisiana Supreme Court to attend Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute

State of Louisiana - DWI Law Enforcement Award

Louisiana City Judges Association, Past President

Paula G. Manship YMCA, Board of Directors, Past Member

Volunteer, East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools, (VIPS) Friend Read-Along Program

Adjunct Professor, Southern University Law Center

Louisiana Arbitrators, Louisiana Mediators, Louisiana Umpires