“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 an Article III federal judge. The candidates – Winston DeCuir Jr., Christine Lipsey and Shelly Dick– are each well–respected and highly-regarded within the judicial community. Their extensive knowledge and experience in federal court would make each of them a wonderful addition to the federal judiciary. I am proud to recommend this diverse pool of applicants for this critical appointment,” said Sen. Landrieu.
Winston DeCuir Jr., is a partner at DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLC, where he specializes in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters, most prominently federal labor and employment law. In addition to his experience litigating in both state and federal court, Attorney DeCuir has served as an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center, where he taught labor and employment law. He is also an active member of the legal community of the Middle District, evidenced in no small part by earning the Louisiana Bar Association’s 2006 President’s Award for Service. A native of Baton Rouge, Attorney DeCuir earned his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst University cum laude and his Juris Doctorate from the Paul H. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where he was an Associate Member of the Louisiana Law Review. Attorney DeCuir is 38 years old.
Rachelle “Shelly” Deckert Dick is a founding partner at the law firm of Forrester and Dick, LLC. A veteran civil defense litigator, Attorney Dick has represented some of Louisiana’s most prominent government and non-government entities in matters of federal employment law. Though her practice focuses primarily on defense litigation, her impartial temperament and expertise of employment law compelled the Louisiana Workforce Commission to appoint Attorney Dick to mediate cases as an Ad Hoc Hearing Officer in the Office of Worker’s Compensation for the last three years. Attorney Dick clerked for Judge Catherine “Kitty” Dick Kimball, who currently serves as Chief Justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Before pursuing her career in law, Attorney Dick worked for four years at the Dow Chemical Company. Attorney Dick earned her Bachelor of Science cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Paul H. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where she was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. Attorney Dick is 52 years old.
Christine Lipsey is a partner at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC of Baton Rouge, where she works on the firm’s commercial litigation team. With more than 25 years of experience representing business and government clients on civil matters, Attorney Lipsey is eminently respected in Louisiana for her work in federal court. Attorney Lipsey is also known as an exemplary legal professional in the Middle District because of the remarkable breadth of her engagement with the legal community. Attorney Lipsey was the first female president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and, despite having limited experience in criminal court, also played a key role as a member of the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Attorney Lipsey also serves as an adjunct professor of law at LSU, teaching ethics and professionalism. Attorney Lipsey earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from LSU and is 59 years old.
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