Thursday, May 24, 2018                                       For Immediate Release
Judges and colleagues remember Judge Clare Jupiter
Judge Claire Jupiter
Judge Claire Jupiter
Orleans Parish Civil District Court 
(Division E)

Clare Jupiter was a judge on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court (Division E) in Louisiana. She was elected on November 19, 2011, and took office in 2012. She was re-elected in 2014 for a term beginning on January 1, 2015.

Jupiter passed away on May 18, 2018, following complications from a stroke. Her term would have expired on December 31, 2020.

A wake will be held Thursday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave.

A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Ave. Visitation there will begin at 9 a.m.


Judge Melvin Zeno
"We are saddened at the passing of our friend and colleague, Judge Clare Jupiter. It has been my honor to have served along with her during my time as Judge Pro Tempore, Section "A" of the Civil District Court and then to serve in Division "E" during her time of illness. Judge Jupiter was a great public servant, a committed, skilled, kind hearted jurist who always sought to administer justice fairly and impartially. She had a friendly, calming demeanor which positioned her well for the office in which she served. My sincere condolences are extended to her family and friends; Judges and staff of the Court who served along with her. The citizens of this community, the Civil District Court and judiciary have lost a dedicated servant. May your hearts rejoice in the remembrance of Judge Jupiter, the life she lived and the legacy she leaves behind."

- Judge Melvin C. Zeno, Pro Tempore
Judge (Retired) 24th Judicial District Court

Judge Tiffany Chase
"Words cannot express the sadness of the recent loss of Judge Jupiter. The New Orleans community has an immense hole without her. Judge Jupiter always met you with a smile and her calming personality could diffuse the most intense situations. The judiciary was a better place with her in it and I was honored to serve with her for many years. I will miss her witty personality and smile. Rest in peace my friend."

- Judge Tiffany Gautier Chase
Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Keva Landrum-Johnson
"The legal and judicial community has suffered a great loss with the death of Judge Clare Jupiter. Clare was a dedicated public servant who brought energy and passion to the bench. She was patient, smart and served the bench with humility. She will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bryant and Jupiter families as they mourn her passing."

- Chief Judge Keva Landrum Johnson
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Nadine Ramsey
Judge Jupiter was highly respected amongst her peers. She was an excellent judge and shared her warm and caring personality with everyone. The legal community will remember Clare as both a formidable attorney and a fair judge.

- Hon. Nadine M. Ramsey
Former New Orleans City Councilmember, District "C"
Judge (Ret.) Orleans Parish Civil District Court (1997-2009), Chief Judge 2007-2009

"Judge Jupiter always carried with her a humble and sweet spirit. I remain grateful for her sage advice to me in my early days as president of the Orleans Parish School Board. Our city needs more like her - true servants who care about all of our citizens. She will be missed.

- Pastor Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.
Former President, Orleans Parish School Board

Judge Piper D.Griffin
"I thank God for the opportunity to serve with Judge Clare Jupiter. Her easy going spirit, special wit, taken with her wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience will surely be missed. Oh yes, and not to mention the delicious crawfish pies. She was a wonderful jurist and someone I am proud to call my friend."

- Judge Piper Griffin
Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division "I"
Treasurer, Louisiana District Judges Association

Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott
"Judge Jupiter was dedicated in serving the bench and such a pleasure to have as a colleague. Her quick wit and great recipes will surely be missed. May she rest in heavenly peace."

- Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott
Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division "D"

Dale Atkins - official_photo_2018
"As a young lawyer, I had the honor to work with Clare at Bryan & Jupiter. She was patient and willing to help whenever you needed. She was kind, smart, a hard worker and an excellent lawyer. Clare brought these same traits to the bench. Judge Jupiter was an asset to the CDC bench. Thank you for the kindness you showed towards me. My prayers are with Judge Jupiter's family."

- Judge Dale Atkins
Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Ellen Hazeur
"Judge Jupiter was an accomplished attorney and judge but she was also loving, lovable and downright funny. She was a joy to know and will be greatly missed."

- Judge Ellen Hazeur
Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division "A"

Judge Ethel Simms Julien
"Judge Jupiter was a great addition to the civil court bench. Not only did we get the benefit of her wise counsel and quick wit, as members of the lunch bunch, we were also beneficiaries of her crawfish pies and stuffed crabs. We will miss her generous spirit."

- Judge Ethel Simms Julien
Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division "N"

Judge Paula Brown_new_photo
"My heart is saddened by the passing of Judge Clare Jupiter. I have known Claire for many years-first, as a seasoned attorney and secondly, as my learned colleague on the Civil District Court bench. Clare was very witty, always bringing joy to any room she entered. She will definitely be missed. My deepest condolences to the Jupiter family. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort during this most difficult time."

- Judge Paula A. Brown
Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Judge Terri Love
"I first met Claire Jupiter in 1988. I was a first-year associate and she was a partner at the Jefferson, Bryan, Gray, and Jupiter Law Firm. She was warm, friendly, and an excellent attorney. Her wisdom was only exceeded by her wit. Maya Angelou once said, "when someone shows you who they are believe them." Judge Claire Jupiter showed us how to be an excellent attorney and jurist without losing her compassion and her generosity. God truly blessed us with the opportunity to know Claire Jupiter."

- Judge Terri Love,
Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, State of Louisiana

Judge Regina Bartholomew Woods
"While pursuing my undergraduate education at Southern University at New Orleans, Judge Jupiter's then law firm, where she served as a law partner, was considered the preeminent African-American law firm in the city; Clare's intelligence, coupled with her legal skills and acumen contributed greatly to its rightly deserved reputation. Through her practice of the law, Clare paved a path for African-American women lawyers, in particular, to fulfill their dreams of becoming lawyers.  It was my privilege and honor to serve alongside her in the judiciary as her colleague at Civil District Court. She was a fine jurist and had a great temperament.  I know that there is no sorrow that God cannot heal, so during this dark hour I extend my sincere condolences to both the Bryant and Jupiter families, and to the many friends and colleagues of Clare, because she will be sorely missed."

- Judge Regina Bartholomew Woods
Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, State of Louisiana 

"It is the rare person who has the great résumé attributes of success, and, also, the commendable human qualities of kindness, honesty, patience, humor and strength. Clare was one of those unique individuals."

- Mr. Ed Morris
Former General Counsel, Orleans Parish School Board


Clare Jupiter passed away on May 18, 2018. Born Oct 25, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois, to Clarence Joseph Jupiter and Ramona Felton Jupiter. Clare was raised in New Orleans and graduated from St. Joseph Academy High School. She received degrees from Yale University and Duke University Law School. Prior to practicing law, Clare worked as a writer for the States-Item newspaper in New Orleans and Southern Exposure magazine in North Carolina. Clare served as general counsel for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Inc. and Orleans Parish School Board. She was appointed to the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and served on several boards including Covenant House New Orleans and Metropolitan Human Services. Clare was elected as a Civil District Court Judge in 2011. Clare is survived by her husband Patrick, her children Kwame and Nia Bryant of New Orleans, four grandchildren, Ayanna Perry, Imani Allison, Michele Bryant, and Arielle Perry; mother Ramona Felton Jupiter; mother-in-law Nettie Jane Bryant of North Carolina; one daughter-in-law, Jerrell Bryant of Raleigh, NC; four sisters, Jane Bell (Gavin), Gayle Jupiter, Jill Jupiter-Jones (Anthony, deceased), and Ann Mitchell (Henry); seven brothers, David, Eric, Karl (Rhonda), Daniel, Omodare, Steven (Tonya), and Jerome Jupiter (Lori), one uncle, Clyde (Patricia) of Salt Lake City, UT; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Clare was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Joseph Jupiter, and father-in-law, Rev. Dr. John Henry Bryant. A wake will be held at D.W. Rhodes Chapel, 3933 Washington Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Avenue, NOLA 70117 on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:00 am. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in memoriam of Clare Jupiter to Covenant House New Orleans, 611 N. Rampart St. NOLA 70112, or Broadmoor Community Church (for Justice and Beyond), 2021 S. Dupre St. NOLA 70125. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. 

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Published in The Times-Picayune from May 23 to May 25, 2018

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