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Jim Boren has been defending the rights of the accused and the lawyers who defend them since 1976. He appears frequently in the legislature to testify on reform legislation, and serves on two of the Law Institute’s Advisory Committees – Evidence and Criminal Procedure. He is an adjunct Professor at LSU, teaching courses on wrongful conviction of the innocent and capital punishment.
Jim is Past President of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Jim served on the Advisory Board of the Pugh Institute for Justice and the Practitioners Advisory Group for the United States Sentencing Commission. In December 2000 he was awarded the Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his lifetime achievements, and recently was named Louisiana “Super Lawyer”, an award which makes him proud but embarrassed by the title.
Jim accepts difficult cases, including those involving famous victims or the death penalty. He has defended judges in confidential Judiciary Commission disciplinary proceedings, lawyers, law enforcement officers, bankers, an athletic director, and other numerous public officials. His past clientele includes a mayor of Baton Rouge, a major in law enforcement acquitted of eleven counts of perjury in federal court, a deputy U.S. Marshall accused of obstruction of justice, Howard Rollins – the star of “In the Heat of the Night”, the young daughter of a judge caught shooting a convenience store clerk on videotape – a case the media dubbed “The Natural Born Killers,” one of the defendants of “The Jena 6,” a case that garnered national media exposure, and a member of the “Angola 5” which consisted of a group of inmates who planned an escape from Louisiana State Penitentiary and killed a guard in the process.
Some of his most notable victories include: negotiating a plea and life sentence for his “Angola 5” client; negotiating a plea to a misdemeanor simple battery charge for his “Jena 6” client, whom the State had formally charged with attempted second degree murder; a life sentence from a Lake Charles jury for a client who killed his wife and a policeman who came to investigate a domestic disturbance; a Shreveport jury acquitted his client of killing the husband who had abused her; a Bogalusa jury found self-defense and acquitted a client who killed a man by shooting him in the back three times; and, a Leesville jury rendered a not guilty verdict in 21 minutes on public corruption charges. He also won an acquittal for a man charged with stalking a judge. An October 2016 trial against the DA and his first assistant resulted in a negligent homicide verdict for a client charged with second degree murder. As a result, his client was released and able to see his son who he had not touched in 3 years of pretrial incarceration. In March 2018 his client, a lawyer, was acquitted of forcible rape charges in Lake Charles after a weeklong trial.
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