Alvin Turner, Jr., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 10, 1955. He is the son of the late Alvin Turner, Sr., of Lutcher, Louisiana and the late Maude Thompson Dumas Turner of Geismar, Louisiana. He is married to Cherlynn Pinell Turner, retired secretary from Ascension Parish School System. Judge Turner and his wife have three (3) children, Travis ( a 2001 graduate of LSU and a 2004 graduate of the Southern University Law Center ), Tyler (a 2007 graduate of LSU in Sociology), and Terrilyn (a 2009 graduate of LSU with a B.A. in Mass Communication and a Masters in Public Administration from Southern University in 2013). They reside in Gonzales, Louisiana. Judge Turner has one (1) grandson, Tristan; three (4) granddaughters, A’lana, Tori, Addison; and Chandler; one (1) step-grandson, Kameron.
Judge Turner began his educational pursuits at Prairieville High School and Kennedy High School in Ascension Parish. He is a 1973 graduate of East Ascension High School and subsequently obtained his B.S. degree from LSU in Baton Rouge in the fall of 1976. He received his J.D. Degree from Southern University Law Center in 1980. His work experience has included Capital Area Legal Services, 23rd Judicial Indigent Defender Program and the District Attorney’s Office for the 23rd Judicial District as an assistant district attorney from 1982 to 1993.
Judge Turner ascended to the bench on January 1, 1994. Judge Turner is a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association, Louisiana Judicial Council, National Judges Association, Criminal Code Committee for the Louisiana Law Institute, Fifth Circuit Judges Association, Wex Malone Inns of Court, National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, American Judges Association, National Judicial College…and has served on committees appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court in addition to periodically serving as a panelist at various judicial seminars. Judge Turner is the most senior judge in the 23rd JDC.
Judge Turner is involved in several community organizations, namely, United People for Progress, Jambalaya Festival Association, and the Geismar Volunteer Fire Department. He has served on the Gonzales Planning and Zoning Committee and in the Gonzales Youth Basketball League for over 20 years, where he was a coach and later director.
He and his family attend Word of Life Christian Center in Darrow, Louisiana.