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.
Tyson died in July after a long fight with lung cancer.
On Friday, 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.”
Decuir, 38, is a partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Decuir, Clark & Adams.
He graduated cum laude in economics and history from Amherst College in 1995. And he received his law degree in 1998 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where he was an associate member of the LSU Law Review.
Decuir has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation in both state and federal court. Prominent in that experience are cases involving federal labor and employment law.
He also has taught labor and employment law as an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. And he earned the Louisiana Bar Association’s 2006 President’s Award for Service.
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.
Lipsey was the first woman to serve as president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. She earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from LSU.
She has served on the Louisiana Public Defender Board, and she teaches ethics and professionalism as an adjunct law professor at LSU.
Lipsey’s experience includes 25 years representing business and government clients in federal court.
Dick, 52, is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Forrester & Dick.
She is a veteran defense attorney in civil litigation in federal court. And she has represented both government and non-government clients in matters of federal employment law.
For the past three years, Dick has served the Louisiana Workforce Commission as an ad hoc hearing officer in the Office of Worker’s Compensation.
Dick graduated cum laude in business administration in 1981 at the University of Texas at Austin. And she managed a $3 million sales territory for Dow Chemical for five years before entering law school.
She earned her law degree in 1988 at LSU, where she was a member of the LSU Law Review.
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.
Committee members often do not take action on a nominee unless he or she has the approval of both of a state’s senators. That means that any proposed judicial appointment in Louisiana also is subject to the approval of Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
Should committee members eventually approve a 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.