“Our children, our community, our future”
Attorney Niles B. Haymer, 41, earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center in 2003, where he was member of the Southern University Law Review and the American Trial Lawyers’ Association Mock Trial Team. He was also a recipient of the Russell B. Long Federal Court Award and Juvenile Clinic Student Attorney of the Year.
Niles earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern University in 2000, graduating with the highest GPA in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy all while serving as Student Government Association President.
In 2005, at the age of 27, Niles established Haymer Law Firm located in Downtown Baton Rouge at 315 T.J. Jemison Boulevard focusing his practice on criminal defense, juvenile and family law. Niles, who has a passion and dedication for mentoring young African American men, has given back to the community with his representation of indigent families in juvenile court at no cost for many years. Niles not only represents the youth in juvenile court, he goes the extra mile to keep them away from a life of crime by getting them involved in positive undertakings in the community. Niles always says that his representation does not end in the courtroom. He continues to mentor to the youth to ensure that they may find success in life and avoid the pitfalls of growing up in the inner city of Baton Rouge
Recently, Attorney Haymer has taken on the controversial issue of Confederate monuments as a result of tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. First, he penned a thought provoking article entitled Louisiana’s Confederate Courthouses which was published by the Rouge Collection and the Bayou Brief, bringing attention to Confederate monuments at the entry ways of many courthouses in the state. Secondly, Attorney Haymer filed an unprecedented Motion for a Change of Venue to remove an African American Defendant’s criminal case from the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse which prominently displays a 30 foot tall Confederate monument in the entry way of its courthouse.
Attorney Haymer’s motion garnered national media attention with an article entitled “Is Justice Blind at a Courthouse with a Confederate Statue?” which was published by the Associated Press, US News and World Report and the Washington Post to name a few.