Shelly Dick nominated to federal bench

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama nominated Baton Rouge attorney Shelly D. Dick on Wednesday afternoon to 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.

Dick is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Forrester & Dick.

In November, Dick was one of three possible nominees recommended to Obama by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. The other two were Baton Rouge attorneys Winston DeCuir Jr. and Christine Lipsey.

Dick 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.

Her name will now be sent to the U.S. 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.