CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JULY 16, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Retired Judge Mildred “Mimi” Methvin has been appointed, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as judge pro tempore of Division “D,” of the 27th Judicial District Court in St. Landry Parish, according to Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll. Methvin will fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Donald Hebert on July 9, 2014. She will serve from July 14, 2014, through December 31, 2014, or until further order of the Court.
A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Methvin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University in 1974, and she received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. Before serving 26 years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana in Lafayette (1983-2009), Methvin held several positions in law and government including: staff assistant to U.S. Representative Gillis W. Long in Washington, D.C.; Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport; law associate at the law firm Gist, Methvin, Hughes & Munsterman in Alexandria; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport; and staff attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface in Charleston, West Virginia. After her retirement from the federal bench in 2009, Methvin served part-time as a Recall U.S. Magistrate Judge for the federal courts in Maryland and Pennsylvania from 2011- 2013. Currently, she is the owner of Satori ADR, L.L.C. an alternative dispute resolution and mediation service, and is the principal of the law firm Mildred E. Methvin, L.L.C. Both are located in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Throughout her legal career Methvin has presented numerous seminars for organizations such as the American Conference Institute, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Acadiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Acadiana Association of Women Attorneys, and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.
Additionally, Methvin is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, the American Inn of Court of Acadiana (Program Chair 2004-2013), the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and the National Association of Women Judges (Assistant Director, District Six 1989-1990).
In 1997, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Methvin as one of only three magistrate judges in the country to serve on the committee which makes nationwide policy for the federal magistrate judges system. She served as such until 2003.
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