Michelle Odinet, Candidate for Lafayette City Court Judge, Division A

Michelle Odinet has the experience, integrity and diverse perspective that will make her a fair and impartial judge.


She served as a prosecutor for both the Orleans and Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s offices, where she prosecuted juvenile delinquencies and adult felonies ranging from theft and narcotics to rape and first degree murder. She defends indigent clients in Lafayette City Court in her current work for the Lafayette Public Defender’s Office. She has also gained experience in the civil arena while working for Breaud & Lemoine.


Lafayette City Court is often overlooked but affects many families and individuals. It is an entry point for many who find themselves on the doorstep of the justice system. It is here where Michelle would like to have a hand in protecting the rights of victims, including all individuals, law enforcement, businesses, schools, teachers and other service providers, so that we can feel safe in our community.  

Michelle pledges that as your City Court Judge she will uphold the law and will not legislate from the bench. She will work diligently to solve issues that impact the effectiveness of City Court. Michelle will bring Lafayette City Court’s technology into the 21st century and create a court for Veterans who commit criminal offenses due to psychological disorders. 

The time is right for a fresh perspective and solid leadership – we humbly ask for your support to elect Michelle Odinet to Lafayette City Court, Division A. 

Vision for lafayette city court

– Bringing Lafayette City Court into the 21st century by improving the existing website with user-friendly online services that allow citizens to communicate with the court’s office online, allow electronic filing for attorneys, while also detailing fines, court dockets, unsupervised probation, and court ordered educational class referrals.

– Create a court for Veterans who commit criminal offenses due to mental and psychological disorders. This court will create a structured environment that will require regular court appearances, as well as mandatory treatment sessions, and frequent drug testing, in order to prevent recidivism. 

– City Court is often the entry point into the judicial system, it is here Michelle would like be a part of the solution to help prevent repeat offenders.


Left to right: Kenny, Caroline, Dr Ken, Michelle, Eli, Libby

Michelle Odinet is a 25-year native of Lafayette. In 1995, she and Ken married and moved to Lafayette because they wanted to raise their family in a safe and growing community.

Over the years, Michelle has worked diligently as an attorney, business owner, teacher and mother. Upon the arrival of her second set of twins, Michelle chose to take a step back from her legal career to focus on raising and ultimately homeschooling her four children, while also working in her husband's practice, and volunteering for local organizations.


Upon completing homeschooling, Michelle returned to the Lafayette Public Defender's office, representing indigent defendants on the criminal and traffic dockets within Lafayette City Court. This has allowed her the first hand opportunity to identify areas in need of enhancement that will enrich and build a safe and thriving community.


Her strong belief in the importance of public service and commitment to our community, brought Michelle to the decision to run for Lafayette City Court.

Michelle will bring to the bench a strong work ethic, judicial integrity and an unwavering commitment to uphold the law. We humbly ask for your support.

Tulane University

• Bachelor of Arts 1990 Newcomb College, Tulane University

• Juris Doctorate 1993 Tulane University

• Law Clerk, Honorable Dennis Waldron, Criminal District Court, Orleans Parish

• Assistant District Attorney, New Orleans, LA

• Breaud & Lemoine Associates, Lafayette, LA     

  • Lafayette City Court Public Defender  

• Assistant District Attorney, Lafayette, LA    

  • Lafayette Parish Public Defender’s Office, City Court


Member in Good Standing:

• Louisiana Bar Association

• Lafayette Bar Association

• Legatus

• Acadiana Alumnae Panhellenic

• Rape Crisis Board

• Clearport Learning Center Board

• St. Joseph's Diner

• Junior League of Lafayette

• Louisiana Aggie Mom's Club

• LSU Parents Club

• Ducks Unlimited Member

• Volunteer Work: 

Lafayette High School

Sacred Heart Academy

Episcopal School of Acadiana

St. Pius Life Teen

St. Joseph's Diner





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