Currently, Honorable Grant serves on the Judicial Seat in Jefferson County, Alabama, while Honorable Owens serves as District County Judge (also in Birmingham Area).
Shanta and Shera, who describe themselves as best friends frequently finishing each other’s sentences, credit their mother, a librarian at the Birmingham Public Library, for instilling in them a love for studying, reading, and learning.
At LSU Law, the sisters participated in the Summer Program in Aix-En Provence, France, and actively engaged with student organizations, including the Black Law Students Association and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
Their experiences at LSU Law equipped them with the skills needed for successful legal careers, and they appreciated the school’s emphasis on hands-on learning.
Shanta was elected as a district judge in 2008 and later appointed to fill a Circuit Court vacancy. Shera returned to Birmingham, serving as a criminal prosecutor before being appointed to the Jefferson County District Court.
The sisters cherish their unique distinction of serving as state court judges simultaneously, with Shanta presiding over a criminal court and Shera over a civil court.
They live in the same neighborhood, enjoying family time with remarkably similar households, including 11-year-old daughters and 8-year-old boys. Their husbands, who have been best friends since kindergarten, also share a close bond.
While Shanta and Shera bring different perspectives to their roles, they appreciate the diversity of views, enhancing their understanding of legal issues. Their advice to current LSU Law students is to take advantage of unique offerings, enjoy the experience, and recognize that success will come in due time.