May Member News


  Judge Shannon Bruno Bishop appointed to Chief Judge in Louisiana

The NAWCJ is proud to recognize the promotion of Hon. Shannon Bruno Bishop. In April, 2020 she was appointed Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Chief Judge. Judge Bruno Bishop has a long history of service to the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation system. A native of New Orleans, she earned her B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Her service began as a mediator in the Harahan and New Orleans Districts. She was later promoted to District Judge of the Office of Workers’ Compensation, presiding, rendering judgments, and administering the district office. Judge Bruno Bishop has long been active in the NAWCJ, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2018. She has also served as chair of the Judiciary College Committee.

In announcing the appointment, Sheral Kellar, Louisiana Assistant Secretary of Workers’ Compensation Administration, noted that Judge Bruno Bishop has a history of answering “every call to extra duty.” Her leadership has already been a part of the Office’s success and progress. Assistant Secretary Kellar noted that Judge Bruno Bishop is persistently concerned about “what is  best for the  Hearings’ system, in particular, and more broadly the workers’ compensation system.” In summary, Assistant Secretary Kellar noted “she’s a hard worker, competent, and loyal.” Assistant Secretary Kellar characterized her promotion of Judge Bruno Bishop as “the best decision I have made in recent years.”

Judge Bruno Bishop was recently nominated to the role of President-Elect of the NAWCJ. It is anticipated that she will be elected to that post at the August 2020 Judiciary College. Congratulations Judge Bruno Bishop!