CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND SKILLS
•Practicing attorney since 1995
•10 years conducting trials as District Hearing Officer (Magistrate)
•9 years staff management, supervision, and recruiting
•7 years seminar production and public speaking
•5 years private sector litigation practice
•24 years legal research, writing, and advising
(14 years judicial opinion writing, research and advising)
•9 years facility management, compliance and event coordination and production
LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE
10TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA (Natchitoches Parish)
•Court Counsel / District Hearing Officer
Sept. 11, 2017 - Present
As Court Counsel: I serve as legal advisor, researcher, analyst and
writer for the District Court Judiciary in the adjudication of all matters
(civil, criminal, juvenile, family) before the District Court; research and
write all confidential bench memoranda, orders, judgments, and opinions,
and prepare the Court for all cases to be heard with procedural, substantive
legal analysis and commentary; verify citations and liaise with local and
state bar, bench and agencies on matters of case management and
procedures and concerns of this court, assist the judge during
courtroom proceedings; and train and supervise judicial law clerks and
As District Hearing Officer (Family Law Magistrate), I conduct civil
trials in paternity, child support, domestic violence, and uncontested
divorces; pre-trial contested family law cases among self-represented
litigants. Other judicial appointments include Administrator of the
District Court's Expedited Process Program.
11TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA (Sabine Parish)
•Court Counsel, October 2006 - August 25, 2017
•District Hearing Officer, January 1, 2009 - August 25, 2017
•Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Stephen B. Beasley
October 2005 - December 31, 2008
Sole Judicial Law Clerk supporting Division C Civil, Criminal and
- Corporate Law, PLPS 3050. .
- Law Office Administration, PLPS 3080.
- Legal Research, PLPS 3020
- Civil Litigation and Procedure, PLPS 3030
- Family Law, PLPS 3070
NEW YORK COUNTY LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATION (NYCLA) New York, New York
Senior Program Attorney
2001 - 2004
Researched, designed, coordinated and supervised substantive law programs and
presentations for this major American municipal bar association in the heart of Manhattan's
financial district. Supervised work product of junior program attorneys.
LAW OFFICE OF K. JACOB RUPPERT, J.D. Queens County - New York, New York
1996 - 2001
General litigation practice. Landlord/Tenant, Family/Matrimonial, Estate, Immigration
and Criminal law. Also, Of Counsel to Rodriguez & Associates, Brooklyn, New York, a
general practice firm with an immigration specialty.
JOSEPH PAPP PUBLIC THEATER/NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL*+
New York, New York
Director of Operations/Counsel
1995 - 1996
Legal research, contract drafting and management, counsel and representation when necessary
to this Broadway non-profit producing agency. Principal duties involved in the planning,
management and supervision of 2 commercial Broadway ventures, 6 commercial Off-Broadway
ventures, 2 classics in Central Park, one film festival and a 45,000 sq.ft.building with full-time
staff of 85.
CARIDI ENTERTAINMENT CORP. New York, New York
Interned with owner Carmella Caridi, Esq., co-founder of HBO and MTV, in the general counsel
and business affairs office of this multi-media foreign/domestic distribution financing corporation.
MAIN STREET LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Queens County - New York, New York
1992 to 1994
Research, writing, in-court representation in under Student Practice Order for this municipal,
state and federally funded indigent legal services organization.
OTHER RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
FACILITY MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
1987 - 1988
NEW ORLEANS ORPHEUM THEATER* (2000 seat proscenium concert hall)
Full management responsibility of facility then owned by the New Orleans Symphony
(since renamed Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra).
House Staff Manager (1980 - 1984, 1986)
NEW ORLEANS THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (2317-seat proscenium)
(Subsequently renamed Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts)
(subsequently renamed Morris F. X. Jeff, Sr. Municipal Auditorium)
NEW ORLEANS ORPHEUM THEATER*
On-site management, supervision, staffing,
payroll accounting of 35-50 personnel and
volunteers for these three major New Orleans
NETWORK TELEVISION PRODUCTION
Dolly! with Dolly Parton
Sandollar Productions in association with
ABC Television, Los Angeles, CA
1988, worked on this one-season-only weekly
television variety show starring Dolly Parton.
Comic Strip Live – Prime Time
Fox Television, Santa Monica, CA
1989, Worked one season for this
stand-up comedy program filmed
in a different US city each week.
- Christopher's Crossing Homeowners' Association of Natchitoches, Inc., 2019 - present;
- Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society, 2016 - present;
- Yorkville-Kleindeutschland Historical Society, New York, NY, 2006 - present;
- Louisiana Support Enforcement Association, Inc. (LSEA), 2015-2016;
- /Of Counsel, Crime Stoppers of Sabine, Inc., 2012 - Aug. 2017;
- /Of Counsel, Kew Gardens Hills Community Foundation, Inc., 2004 – 2006;
- /Of Counsel, Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, 2003 – 2006;
•Judge, American Legion State Oratorio Finals (Louisiana), 2017; 2018; 2020
•Lawyers in Libraries, Louisiana Bar Association, 2014, 2018; 2019;
•Elections Polls Commissioner-in-Charge (LA), 2011 - 2016;
•Patron, Louisiana Piano Series International, NSULA, 2011 - present;
•Patron, Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society, NSULA, 2001 - present;
•Editor, 2009 Sabine Parish Community Resource Directory, Sabine Parish School Board, Publisher;
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•New York City Audubon, Harbor Herons Project: 2004 Nesting Survey, 2004;
•Legal Counseling Project, New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), 2002 - 2004;
•LeGaL Foundation Walk-In Law Clinic, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
(formerly, LeGaL Association of Greater New York), 1995 - 2004;
•Park Avenue Christian Church, Community Lunch Project (Soup Kitchen), New York, NY, 1995-2002.
•Haywood Remembrances: Alumni, CUNY Law Review, (briefly known as the New York City Law
Review, Fall 2006;
•14 Vesey Street: Genealogy of an Address, The New York County Lawyer, May, June & July 2007,
New York County Lawyers' Association, 2007;
•Old Puglia's Grocery Becomes First Developmental Property Sale in French Quarter Since Katrina,
New Orleans City Business, Jan. 15, 2007; Daily Journal of Commerce, January 10, 2007.
•In Re John Barleycorn: The Role of NYCLA in the Repeal of Prohibition, The New York County Lawyer,
October & November 2005, New York County Lawyers' Association, 2005;
•Law Notes, contributing monthly case-note writer, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, 1995-2000.
•Gill, John Freeman, The House That Beer Built, Avenue Magazine, Manhattan Media Publ.,
(June 2015), pp. 72-75;
•Van Anda, Roberta H., Legendary Locals of Rumson, Arcadia Publ., (May 11, 2015), p. 22;
•Robertson, Edwin David, Brethren and Sisters of the Bar: A Centennial History of the New York
County Lawyers' Association, New York: Fordham Univ. Press. (Oct. 15. 2008), p. 176;
•Weintraub, Richard; The House That Ruth Built, New York: Little, Brown and Co. (2011);
•Engdal, Sylvia; Amendments XVIII and XXI: Prohibition and Repeal, Greenhaven Press (2009);
•Teale, Chelsea L; A Revised Account of Initial Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor) Introductions to the
•Williams, Dinah; Dark Mansions, New York: Bearport Publ. Co., (2012), p. 19;
•Appel, Marty, Pinstripe Empire. The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss,
New York: Bloomsbury Publ. (2012), pp.73-74, 204.
•Shulman, Robin, Eat the City, New York: Crown Publ. (July 10, 2012).
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS and COMMITTEES
•Louisiana Child Support Guidelines Quadrennial Review Committee, Louisiana Department of Children
and Family Services (DCFS), (2019, 2015, 2011);
•Citizen Lawyer Awards District 6 Regional Panel Member, Louisiana State Bar Association (2014)
•Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Education Curriculum Development Advisory Committee
on Domestic Violence (2012 - present);
•President, Louisiana Hearing Officers' Association (LaHOA), (2009-present)
•Louisiana Support Enforcement Association, (2008 - present);
Honors: 2010 Outstanding Service Award
•St. Denis American Inns of Court, Natchitoches, Louisiana, (2010 - 2018);
•Families in Need of Services (FINS), Sabine Parish, Louisiana, Chair, (2008 - 2014);
•Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association (FINS Assn.), Member, (2005-2008)
•Louisiana Children & Youth Services Planning Board, Sabine Parish, LA (2005 - 2012);
•LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, (formerly LeGaL Assn. of Greater NY) New York, NY
Community Services Committee, Chair (May 2002 - 2004);
Governing Committee of the LeGaL Foundation Walk-In Law Clinic
MCLE Managing Attorney, (2003 - 2004);
•New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA)
Special Committee on Minority Bar Associations, (2003-2004)
Committee on Municipal Affairs, (2003)
•Association of the Bar of the City of New York (now, New York City Bar Association)
Program producer and/or moderator for 11 high-profile public forum
presentations with leading local and national public officials, political
leaders and top career professionals. Included C-SPAN and NYLJ coverage.
Committee on Federal Legislation, (2000 - 2003);
Segment author of the Association's report on the Presidential Election of 2000.
Committee on Sex and Law, Federal Legislative Liaison, (1997-99);
Co-author of Association's Legislative Report to the New York State Senate
supporting civil rights bills S.782 and A.811, 1999;
Committee on Law Student Perspectives, founding member, (1993 - 1997).
First law school student admitted to a CityBar standing bar association committee.
•Louisiana Judicial College, 2015 Annual Domestic Relations Seminar, New Orleans, LA,: The New
Family Law Proceedings Rules; Using the New Rules in Jurisdictions with Hearing Officers,
panelist, August, 15, 2015;
•St. Denis American Inns of Court, Natchitoches, LA; Civil Practice Update (CLE), April, 2015;
•Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, New York, EAT THE CITY: The History of Beer in New York
City, with author Robin Shulman and Brooklyn Brewery's VP, Robin Ottaway, March, 2013;
•Guidelines for Determination of Child Support Deviations, March, 2013,
•Proving Your Child Support Case: Discovery Tools, February, 2012;
•St. Denis American Inns of Court, Natchitoches, LA; The Role of Judicial Law Clerks (CLE), Sept., 2010;
•New York City Council testimony on behalf of the New York City Bar Association on the codification of
the Koch-era domestic partnership executive orders, June 1998.
•Reception to Welcome Recent Court Appointee, Natchitoches Parish Journal, September 29, 2017;
•From the Halls of Justice to the Hall of Fame by Doug Ireland, Metro Leader Newspaper, vol. 3 issue 9, July 2017;
•Lawyers in Libraries, Louisiana Bar Association, 2014;
•Jacob Ruppert's Knickerbocker Brewery Resurfaces in Yorkville, New York Times, March 26, 2014;
•Remnants of Old Brewery Found at Yorkville Construction Site, NY1, TimeWarner Cable, March 25, 2014;
•Ruppert, O'Day, White Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Associated Press, December 3, 2012;
•New York Brewery Researched in Sabine Parish, The Sabine Index, April 13, 2011;
•The End Zone: Monumental Decisions, by Filip Bondy, New York Daily News, September 26, 2010;
•The Yankees' Steinbrenner Long Before Steinbrenner, by Richard Sandomir, New York Times, July 22, 2010;
•Ruppert Receives LSEA Outstanding Service Award, Sabine Index, April 14, 2010;
•Ruppert Named Court Counsel, Sabine Index, January 28, 2009;
•Germans in America, ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), four-part documentary, 2004
Part III: Little Germanies: The Role of Beer and the German Immigrant Community of New York
City. American premier January, 2008;
•City Claims Final Private Island in East River by Timothy Williams, New York Times, November 20, 2007;
•Ruppert Kin Shares Family Bonds View by Philip Messing, New York Post, May 31, 2006;
•YORKVILLE: On Sauerkraut Boulevard, Hard Feelings for a New Hotel
by John Freeman Gill, New York Times, February 5, 2006;
•BASEBALL: Setting the Record Straight on Ruth by Richard Sandomir, New York Times, July 24, 2003.
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
National and international politics; genealogical/historical research, health and fitness; languages;
ardent symphony/museum patron, pro bono legal services.
Juris Doctor, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SCHOOL OF LAW (ABA),
New York, New York
•Public Relations Coordinator for one summer theater season
•Box Office Manager
Certificado de Estudios Legales Cubanos, UNIVERSIDAD DE LA HABANA, Havana, Cuba
Full Scholarship. Program/Project study presented by the US Department of State and the City University
of New York. Studies Cuban Civil Code and researched the quarantining of HIV Cubanos.
Post-Baccalaureate Credit Certificate in Paralegal Studies, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS (ABA).
•Alpha Theta Epsilon Honor Society
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Homepage (cover) photo: Photo of the Third Avenue main entrance of our family's brewery in New York City (Jacob Ruppert
Brewery, 1867-1965). The audio is from the Ruppert Family Library, a 1924 recording of the Männerchor (Men's Chorus) of the
New York Liederkranz singing Wanderschaft (“Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust” or “To Wander is the Miller's Joy”) by Karl
Friedrich Zöllner (music) and Wilhelm Müller (lyrics). Carl Richard Fuchs-Jerin, Musical Director and Conductor. Generations of my
male Ruppert ancestors were members of this NYC German music society.
K. Jacob Ruppert, J.D.
|Curriculum Vitae of
K. Jacob Ruppert, J.D.
New York/New Orleans
|New York State Supreme Court, 60 Centre
Street in Manhattan. My old stomping grounds
where I was seemingly constantly being asked
to exit the rear because LAW AND ORDER was
filming on the courthouse steps.
Left, The New Orleans Orpheum
Theater. Designed by the da Vinci
of theater architects, G. Albert
Lansburgh, in 1918 and opened in
1921. It is nationally known for its
uncanny acoustics and for being
the largest expanse of
poly-chromed terra cotta in the
|New York State
Judith Kaye and
K. Jacob Ruppert.
The New Orleans Theater for
the Performing Arts.
The New Orleans
AWARDS AND HONORS
•2010 Hearing Officer of the Year, Louisiana Support Enforcement Assn. (LSEA)
•President, Louisiana Hearing Officers' Association (LaHOA)
•Counsel to three (3) non-profit corporations
•Law Review and Law Journal work
•Past President, Law School Student Bar Association
•Past Chapter Chair, ABA-Law Student Division
•Two Full Scholarships for International Study (France and Cuba)
Below, New York County Lawyers' Association in Downtown Manhattan. One
of the most stunning NYC examples of the genius of architect Cass Gilbert.
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|Ruppert in his Louisiana Courthouse office.
|Ruppert in his former NYC office.
|City University of New York School of Law, New York City
|Above, District Hearing Officers (Magistrates) K. Jacob
Ruppert and Rebecca Kennedy teach bench and bar at the
2013 LSEA Conference.
me in my early
days in network
Left, group-autographed cover page from my
DOLLY! script back in 1988 when I worked in
|11th Judicial District
|10th Judicial District Courthouse