Orleans Parish DA Jason Rogers Williams announces leadership team, key initial hire
January 14, 2021
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Rogers Williams on Thursday (Jan. 14) announced his leadership team and a key initial hire to help stand up a new District Attorney’s Office dedicated to increased safety and justice.

District Attorney Williams tapped U.S. Navy veteran and experienced prosecutor Robert “Bob” White to serve as First Assistant District Attorney. In his role as First Assistant, White will oversee more than 120 prosecutors, investigators, counselors and advocates.

Williams also appointed Tyronne Walker as Chief Administrative Officer. Walker is the former Greater New Orleans Foundation Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs and former Senior Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He will oversee the administration, operations and external affairs of the office.

“I promised the people of New Orleans that I would assemble the best and brightest to help me lead the hard-working men and women of the District Attorney’s Office,” Williams said. “Today’s leadership team announcement is the first step in delivering on that commitment. Each one of these individuals is experienced and shares my vision to reform the criminal legal system and to stand up a 21st-century prosecutor’s office that is smart on crime, prioritizes major offenses, builds the capacity of our ADAs and staff, ensures strong community partnerships, and works to atone for the sins of the past.”

Robert “Bob” White, First Assistant District Attorney

White was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1994. In 1998, he received an LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane Law School. One year later, while assigned as the Executive Officer of Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse, he was admitted to the Louisiana bar. Since then, Mr. White has prosecuted in Orleans Parish where he was Deputy Chief of Trials, Chief of Administration, and Chief of Public Corruption, and in Brooklyn, NY, where he prosecuted major felonies. On Jan. 12, 2009, he was sworn in as First Assistant District Attorney of Plaquemines Parish, where he prosecuted Division B felonies and domestic violence. White is the Commander of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron, commanding 30 pilots and aircrew that carry out support missions for FEMA, GOHSEP and the U.S. Air Force.

“Bob White is one of the best-respected attorneys I know, with vast experience as a prosecutor in Louisiana and New York,” Williams said. “Bob is a man of great character who has deep knowledge of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office as well as strong relationships with criminal justice stakeholders throughout the parish and state. He wrote legislation to strengthen domestic violence prosecution, successfully lobbied to increase penalties for child pornography, and is responsible for dismissing wrongful convictions of the innocent and the unfairly convicted. I am excited he will lead the vast legal portfolio of our team and serve as my top deputy.”

White said, “I share District Attorney Williams’ commitment to the unique role of the prosecutor – to deliver justice. I am honored to be asked by the District Attorney to serve in the role of First Assistant District Attorney and will work every day to lead, support and hold accountable the fine men and women who are responsible for delivering justice on behalf of the people in this parish.”

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman issued a statement praising the selection of White.

“Bob White has served our country and our city professionally and with expertise. I know him. He is hard-working and dedicated to justice and fairness. Our District Attorney has made a great selection.”

Tyronne Walker, Chief Administrative Officer

Tyronne Walker is a native New Orleanian who joins the District Attorney’s office having most recently served as Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Prior to his time at the foundation, Walker served in a number of roles in the administration of former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, including Senior Advisor for Communications and Local Government Affairs. Walker helped write and implement NOLA For Life, Landrieu’s comprehensive strategy to reduce murders in the city.

Outside of public service, Walker has demonstrated success in the private sector as Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Title Company, Inc. and the Law Office of Wayne E Woods, and as owner of Walker Strategic Solutions, LLC, a full-service consulting firm that specializes in strategy development, project management and political campaigns.

As Chief Administrative Officer of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, Walker will oversee all administrative operations.

“Tyronne Walker brings experience as a senior leader in government, philanthropy and the private sector to our team,” said Williams. “His leadership in strategy, communications and operations perfectly positions him to lead the administrative, operational and external affairs functions of the District Attorney’s office. Tyronne understands my commitment to our stakeholders and the community, and he is more than ready to ensure our entire team is positioned to deliver excellence to the people of New Orleans.”

Walker said, “I am excited to join the team and help District Attorney Williams deliver on the commitments he made to the people of our city. My commitment is to ensure that the organization is positioned to execute at a high level of excellence, is transparent and builds strong relationships.”

Emily Maw, Civil Rights Division Chief

Emily Maw worked with Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) for 16½ years, serving as its director for 14. At IPNO, she represented or supervised the representation of 31 of the 36 prisoners IPNO freed or exonerated, who collectively served more than 700 years in
prison. Most recently, Emily worked with outgoing Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.

As chief of the OPDA’s new Civil Rights Division, Emily will report directly to the District Attorney and oversee the creation of this new division dedicated to correcting wrongful convictions and inhumane sentences, and pursuing justice in cold cases. The division will also track official misconduct and seek appropriate accountability where any criminal justice system official has hurt, lied or cheated in the name of the law.

With our community partners, the Civil Rights Division will explore ways the District Attorney can do more to bring to justice powerful people in our city who abuse the vulnerable.

“Emily Maw is someone I have worked with for years and she is one of the most respected advocates for criminal justice change that addresses the sins of the past,” Williams said. “Her track record is well known in this community and speaks for itself. As the former head of Innocence Project New Orleans and an attorney in the office of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Emily is the right person to stand up the first Civil Rights Division of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office to ensure we begin the hard
work of removing the stigma and the pain of being the city with the highest incarceration rate and highest rate of wrongful convictions in America.”

Maw said, “While I will admit I never imagined I would serve as a prosecutor, I have such confidence in this District Attorney’s commitment to real justice, that I wholeheartedly accepted his
offer to lead the hard work of reconciling with the past. I am honored to have been asked and excited about the opportunity we have to deliver on the re-imagined District Attorney’s office for which so many of us have longed.”