PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
JULY 24, 2002
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.
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.
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.