Shelly D. Dick officially is the first woman to serve as a federal district judge for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District of Louisiana.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson administered the oath of office Tuesday and announced that a formal investiture ceremony would be scheduled for a later date.
Both Jackson and U.S. District Judge James J. Brady were administered their oaths prior to their formal investiture ceremonies.
The newest federal district judge arrives at the Baton Rouge bench at a time when the nine-parish district is shorthanded.
U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola died in February. Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Tyson died in July 2011.
Dick graduated from LSU’s law school in 1988. In 1994, she became a founding partner of the Baton Rouge law firm of Forrester & Dick, where she practiced for approximately 19 years.
Dick was recommended for the federal bench by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in April 2012. President Barack Obama nominated Dick in January, and the U.S. Senate confirmed that nomination May 9.
The federal Middle District of Louisiana includes the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Ascension, Livingston and St. Helena.