Hon. Suzan S. Ponder

Arbitrator & Mediator


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.

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