Arita graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree before attending Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree and special certificates in common law and international law. Mrs. Bohannan’s work has been published in the Loyola Law Review, and in 2002 was a speaker at the Symposium against Domestic Violence. She was the winner of the 2001 Association of Trial Attorneys’ in-house trial competition. She worked briefly as a law clerk for the Orleans Parish’s district attorney’s office and as a clinical attorney for Loyola law school, the latter with the Indigent Defender Board. She is a member of several boards, including those serving victims of domestic and sexual violence, and often donates hours of pro bono work to those in need. She has owned a small family law firm since 2002 and is one of New Orleans most sought after domestic law attorneys.
Raised an army brat, Mrs. Bohannan was the victim of childhood sexual abuse. Her personal story, paired with her love of the law, has provided her with a unique perspective that enhances her writing and speaking. Her novel, Docket No. 76 has won an Indie Book Award for the Thriller Division. It was also a Finalist in the 1st Time Author Division. It has also won National Indie Excellence Award in the Thriller/Suspense Division. Mrs. Bohannan has been invited to speak at numerous events including several Key Note Addresses at Military Bases, schools, organizations and symposiums. Her speeches, while ever changing and topic specific, deliver a powerful and inspirational message.
Mrs. Bohannan lives in the suburbs of New Orleans, a city full of mystery and romance. Her and her husband host three to five fundraisers a year, and dedicated countless hours and funds to help others. If you ask her about herself, she would not boast of her academic or professional success, but of her family. She is married to Brad Bohannan, who owns several New Orleans bar–restaurant establishments and a music publishing company. Together, they have two sons, Deuce and Bryce. Her favorite pastime is traveling with her family and watching her boys play sports and find their way in the world.