The names of three Baton Rouge attorneys were announced Friday by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D–La., as candidates for the federal judgeship left vacant by the death of Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Tyson.

Landrieu’s office forwarded to the White House the names of Shelly D. Dick, Christine Lipsey and Winston G. Decuir Jr.

“After consulting with many respected members of the Baton Rouge Bar and meeting with many qualified candidates, I am confident that I am recommending to the president the best candidates to serve the Middle District of Louisiana as … federal judge,” Landrieu said in a written statement.

“Winston Decuir Jr., Shelly Dick and Christine Lipsey … are each well-respected and highly-regarded within the judicial community,” the senator added.

“Their extensive knowledge and experience in federal court would make each of them a wonderful addition to the federal judiciary,” Landrieu said.

Decuir, 38, is a partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Decuir, Clark & Adams.

Lipsey, 59, is a partner in McGlinchey Stafford, a firm founded in New Orleans in 1974. The firm has since expanded to Baton Rouge, Monroe and seven other offices in Texas, Florida, New York and Ohio.

Dick, 52, is a partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Forrester & Dick.

Should President Barack Obama nominate one of the candidates for the vacant federal judgeship in Baton Rouge, that nominee’s name would be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Should committee members approve of the nominee, his or her name would be forwarded to the full Senate for consideration. The power of confirmation or rejection of judicial nominees rests with the Senate.