Local lawyer Erin Wilder-Doomes has been sworn in as the newest federal magistrate judge at the Baton Rouge-based U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.
Wilder-Doomes replaces U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger, who retired last month after serving in that position since 1986.
Wilder-Doomes was previously a member of the Baton Rouge law firm of Stewart Robbins & Brown, where she specialized in civil litigation. She was formerly a commercial litigation counsel with the Baton Rouge office of Phelps Dunbar.
A magistrate judge’s duties include conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trying and disposing of misdemeanor cases; conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings at the direction of a district judge; and trying and disposing of civil cases with the consent of the litigants.
The Middle District has four federal district judges — Chief Judge Brian Jackson, Senior Judge James Brady, and Judges Shelly Dick and John deGravelles — and two magistrate judges.
The other magistrate is Richard Bourgeois Jr.
Wilder-Doomes holds a law degree from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.