Court Watch NOLA recently announced the appointment of Darrin Browder as it new executive director.
Browder has served the organization for four years as its director of strategic initiatives.
Court Watch NOLA was founded in 2007 as a grassroots volunteer effort to bring greater transparency and efficiency to our criminal courts.
The organization has recruited, educated, trained, and supported more than a thousand volunteers in observing and reporting on whether our judges, prosecutors, public defenders, sheriff deputies, police officers, and other criminal justice actors are doing their jobs professionally, transparently, fairly, and economically.
In 2017, the group’s watch dog efforts were central to exposing the practice of then-Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro of using faking subpoenas to force victims and witnesses in criminal cases to testify.
As its executive director, Broward leads Court Watch NOLA’s efforts to ensure transparency, accessibility and accountability in the local criminal court system.
Browder is a graduate of Southern University New Orleans and of the Southern University Law Center. As an organizer, he has fought for the rights of New Orleans restaurant workers.
Before joining Court Watch NOLA, Browder served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Louisiana and for both Orleans Parish Criminal District and Magistrate Courts.