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Mildred E. "Mimi" Methvin is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University and received her J.D. Degree from Georgetown University Law Center. While attending law school, she worked full-time on Capitol Hill for U.S. Representative Gillis W. Long.
Following law school, Ms. Methvin worked as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in Shreveport, assigned to both civil and criminal divisions. She defended medical malpractice cases brought against the government and helped prosecute an extended and complex white-collar case. Ms. Methvin later worked as an environmental attorney for the U.S. Department of Interior. In 1983, Ms.. Methvin was appointed U. S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana in Lafayette, where she served for twenty-six years. She later served as a part-time U. S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the District of Maryland.
While on the federal bench, Ms. Methvin presided over jury and non-jury trials in a wide variety of cases, and successfully mediated more than 1000 civil cases of all types, including a number of complex, multi-party cases. During her tenure, the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Ms. Methvin as one of three magistrate judges in the country to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System. She served on this national policy-making committee for six years.
The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Ms. Methvin to serve as a State District Judge Pro Tem in St. Landry Parish in 2014, and later appointed her to a term on the Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee.
Ms. Methvin has been a leader in efforts to improve the legal profession. She served as founder and organizing chair of both American Inns of Court in Lafayette and helped start two other Inns in New Iberia and Lake Charles. American Inns are groups of lawyers and judges within a community who meet monthly to break bread and present programs to develop skill and ethics in the practice of law. Ms. Methvin served as President and long-time Program Chair of the Acadiana Inn of Court, which has won more national awards than almost any other Inn of Court in the country (there are 350 chartered Inns). She also served on the Fifth Circuit Advisory Committee of the American Inn of Court Foundation.
While raising her children, Ms. Methvin and her sons Michael and Connor all earned black belts in American Shotokan Karate. Ms. Methvin later earned a second-degree black belt and taught kickboxing at the federal building from 1999 to 2009. Ms. Methvin's volunteer activities have included serving as a yoga teacher for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department and The Lighthouse women's shelter. She currently serves as a board member of AMIkids Acadiana, a residential facility for at-risk youth in Acadia Parish, and as a member of the U. L. System Board of Supervisors.