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Judge Kirk R. Granier (Ret.)

 Judicial and Legal Experience 

  • State District Judge (1997 - 2008)

General Jurisdiction Trial Court: Unlimited Jurisdiction in Civil and Criminal cases

(Accidents/Injuries, Class Actions, Contract, Divorce, Property, Succession, Criminal)

  • United States Circuit Military Judge, U.S. Air Force (1998 - 2006)

Courts Martial and National Environmental Policy Act Hearings (NEPA)

  • Private Law Practice (1983 - 1996)

Personal Injury, Divorce and Criminal cases¹

  • Assistant District Attorney (1995 - 1996)

State of Louisiana, 29th Judicial District: Felony and Misdemeanor Prosecutions

  • (JAG Corp) US Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp 1983 - 2006 (reserve duty)

Federal Tort/Injury Claims, Administrative Law, Civil Claims, Administrative Hearing Officer and Military Judge

  • (JAG Corp) US Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp  1979 - 1983 (active duty)

Trial Counsel/Prosecutor, Defense Counsel, Civil Claims, Government Contracts, Labor,

Federal Tort/Injury Claims and Administrative Law

¹ Criminal Law Practice - Defense (1983-1995)


  • University of Nevada Graduate School & National Judicial College (Reno) 2010

Master's Degree in Judicial Studies

Thesis: "Scripting the Contempt Hearing: Avoiding Appellate Reversal and Judicial Misconduct Proceedings"

  • War College United States Air Force

    Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (2000)

Master's Degree in Strategic Studies

Thesis: "The Impact of International Peacekeeping, Peace Enforcement and Humanitarian

Operations on U.S. National Security"

  •  Loyola University Law School (New Orleans) 1979

Juris Doctor Degree in Law

Highest Class Grade - Torts (Injury and Accident Law)

  • University of Louisiana at Nicholls (1976)

 Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with Minor in Aerospace Science (magna cum laude)

  - Early university admission following 3 years of High School


 University Hall of Fame (1 of 10 graduates selected for class of 1976):

   - University Debate Team (Captain)

   - Cadet Commander U.S. Air Force ROTC Corp of Cadets

   - United States Air Force College Scholarship - Pilot Training and Aviation Science

   - magna cum laude

Judicial Certifications 

  • National Judicial College at the University of Nevada 

- 1st Judicial Development Certification: General Jurisdiction Trial Skills (2001)*

- 2nd Judicial Development Certification: Dispute Resolution Skills (2007)*

- Civil Mediation Course & Certification (2007); Subsequent Certification Courses (2009 and 2010)

- Advanced Mediation Course & Certification: Practical Mediation Skills and Techniques (2007)

* 5 year Curriculum of multiple, in residence, Judicial Courses in each Judicial Development Certification Program 

  • United States Air Force Judge Advocate General School (JAG) at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama and HQ USAF JAG, Washington DC   

United States Circuit Military Judge Certifications: Annual, 1998 - 2006

  • United States Army Judge Advocate General School (JAG)

     University of Virginia, Charlottesville 

Circuit Military Judges Course, in residence, Summer Term 1998

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

Member since 1997

  • Louisiana State Bar Association 

Licensed to practice law in 1979

  • Military Officers Association of America

Charter Life Member

Washington D.C.

Judicial Teaching Experience

  • National Judicial College at the University of Nevada (Reno)

§ Faculty Facilitator for Civil Mediation Course

§ Discussion Leader for multiple Judicial Courses

  • JAG School - U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corp (Maxwell AFB, Alabama)

§ Judicial Instructor for Trial and Defense Advocacy Course

  • JAG TRIALS Team - U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corp 

§ Judicial Instructor in the training of active duty Military Attorneys in Advocacy and Litigation Skills utilizing the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Method (NITA)

Military Service

30 years (1976 - 2006)

United States Air Force - Judge Advocate General Corp (JAG)

  • Assignments

  1. Asst. Staff Judge Advocate, Strategic Air Command, Whiteman AFB, Missouri (1979 - 1981) Active Duty
  2. Area Defense Counsel, USAF Trial Judiciary, assigned 4th Circuit, Lowry AFB, Colorado; attached Whiteman AFB (1981-1983) Active duty
  3. Asst. Staff Judge Advocate, 16th Special Operations Wing (Special Operations Forces, United States Air Force) Hurlburt Field, Florida, 1983 - 1997 (Reserve Duty)
  4. Circuit Military Judge, HQ U.S. Air Force Trial Judiciary Washington D.C.; attached Central Circuit, Randolph AFB, Texas 1998 - 2006 (Reserve Duty) 

  • Dates of Rank

  1. 2nd Lieutenant:      14 May 1976

  2. 1st Lieutenant:       2 June 1979
  3. Captain:                14 November 1979
  4. Major:                   14 May 1990
  5. Lt. Colonel:            14 May 1997
  6. Colonel:                 1 March 2003

  • Medals

  1. Legion of Merit Medal

  2. 1st Meritorious Service Medal
  3. 2nd Meritorious Service Medal
  4. U. S. Air Force Commendation Medal
  5. Joint Service Achievement Medal
  6. National Defense Service Medal
  7. Armed Forces Reserve Medal