NEW ORLEANS, LA -- The U.S. Marine Corps prides itself not only on winning battles, but on transforming its members into quality citizens and returning them to society.
Judge Tamia Gordon, a community leader in the New Orleans area and former U.S. Marine, is an example of someone who has completed that transformation.
Gordon served in the Marine Corps for 10 years as an officer, attaining the rank of Major.
Toward the end of her time in service, Gordon’s résumé was quite impressive. She prosecuted over 300 criminal cases as a trial lawyer and served as the Marine Corps liaison to the White House Commission, representing the Marine Corps’ interests on issues from the Global War on Terrorism to Congressional Inquiries.
Judge Gordon’s professional excellence is rooted in her desire to serve others.
“I cherished the idea of belonging to something greater than myself,” said Gordon.
Gordon’s service didn’t end with the Marine Corps. Since re-entering the civilian sector, she has made great inroads into the New Orleans community.
Her participation in the Bayou Classic, New Orleans’ longstanding intrastate rivalry between the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State University Tigers, affords her an annual opportunity to give back.
“My favorite part of the program is the community service event at the Convention Center, where Marines join local New Orleans volunteers in serving Thanksgiving meals to thousands who would not have meals otherwise,” said Gordon.
For the first time this year, Gordon presented awards to the most valuable players for both Southern and Grambling at the Excellence in Leadership Awards Coaches Luncheon.
“The unifying theme of my remarks was about ‘Battles Won’ – analogizing battles won by the Marine Corps and battles won by the players on and off the football field,” said Gordon.
On game day, Gordon was selected to take part in an on-field presentation honoring 100 years of women serving in the Marine Corps.
“I am grateful that the Marine Corps continues to invest in the Bayou Classic each year,” said Gordon. “This worthwhile investment builds bridges with prospects and influencers in the African-American community.”
Judge Gordon currently serves as the associate chief administrative law judge for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals at the New Orleans Field Office. She also works as an adjunct professor at the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans, where she teaches disability law, and at the Tulane University Freeman School of Business, where she teaches business law.