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Photo provided by Rachael Domiano Beard -- Assistant District Attorney Le’Anne Malna, center, receives the DWI Prosecutor of the Year Award on March 24 from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission during a conference in Baton Rouge. On hand for the presentation are Col. Mike Edmonson, left, superintendent of Louisiana State Police; and Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director John LeBlanc.

Assistant District Attorney Le’Anne Malnar received the DWI Prosecutor of the Year Award on March 24 from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission during a Baton Rouge ceremony, held by District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux.

Malnar, of Amite, was honored along with other honorees that the LHSC felt had demonstrated commitment in reducing the number of impaired drivers in Louisiana, a news release said. This included law enforcement officers, a judge, a district attorney and other agencies.

According to the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, the district attorney board was asked to nominate a district attorney and an assistant district attorney to be honored. Malnar was nominated by Perrilloux, the 21st judicial District Attorney.

Malnar was selected because of her work in prosecuting DWI offenses and her efforts in community education in relation to impaired driving, Perrilloux said in a news release. She regularly performs presentations, law enforcement workshops and area high schools mock trial demonstrations, the release said.

In Perrilloux’s nomination letter he addressed the many reasons Malnar should be chosen, stating:

“Over the years, Le’Anne has shown a continuous commitment to fulfilling her duties as a prosecutor utilizing her talents in the exceptional execution of her job,” Perrilloux said in his nomination letter. “She is able to work under difficult, high-pressure situations and still attain excellent results. She often steps up to the plate volunteering her services in many ways which directly benefit the criminal justice system in the enforcement of our state’s DWI laws.”

Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director John LeBlanc and Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, presented Malnar with her award.