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2002 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  JULY 24, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Attorney Michael A. Patterson has been appointed by Order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as judge pro tempore of the Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit, according to Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball.

Patterson will serve August 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002 or until the vacancy is filled, whichever occurs sooner. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Douglas M. Gonzales.

Patterson received both his undergraduate and his Juris Doctor degrees from Louisiana State University. He has been in the private practice of law since 1971 and is a partner with the Long Law Firm in Baton Rouge. Patterson has served on the Adjunct Faculty of the Louisiana Law Center and Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association and has held numerous leadership positions in both organizations. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit, the Bar of the District of Columbia, the American Inns of Court, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.

Additionally, Patterson has authored several legal writings for the Louisiana Bar Journal , a chapter of Louisiana Trial Procedure , and an article in TRIAL . During his legal career, Patterson has served as an arbitrator or participated in approximately 15 arbitrations and has mediated approximately 100 cases. In 2002, he received a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University.

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