Christine Marie Mire was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana. She attended Catholic High of New Iberia until her senior year when she transferred to St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, Louisiana to pursue her passion for debate. She received national honors as a member of the debate team and thereafter she attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on a debate and academic scholarship. After three and a half years, she graduated with honors (cum laude) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Thereafter, she received a scholarship to attend law school at the Paul M. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University where she graduated in May of 2004. While at LSU law school, she was part of the national mock trial team that received second place honors after being narrowly defeated by Harvard University in the final round. Christine was also the recipient of one of two individual awards and was named the American Bar Association’s Best Cross Examiner at the national mock trial competition held at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2009, just five years after Christine began practicing, she was faced with a difficult decision after she witnessed what she strongly believed was misconduct by a judge in a family law case. Rather than remain silent, Christine reported the judge’s conduct to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Instead of the judge being disciplined, Christine was placed in the position of defending her license to practice law. While defending her license to practice, Christine was able to prove that she had been furnished with an edited audio recording of her client’s child custody case by the judge’s court reporter. The editing occurred at the precise moment Christine and her client believed the transcript of the proceedings were inaccurate. Nevertheless, Christine was suspended for one year and a day with an active suspension of six months after she characterized what she witnessed as either judicial incompetence and/or corruption. Christine’s disciplinary case resulted in a split Louisiana Supreme Court decision where at least two justices of the Supreme Court came to her defense. Despite strong dissenting opinions from the two Louisiana Supreme Court Justices, Christine payed dearly for what she wholeheartedly believed was the right thing to do for her clients. Christine’s disciplinary case entitled In re: Mire garnered national attention and has been featured in articles across the country, lawyer blogs, and was part of a book entitled Voices of Justice: Reclaiming the First Amendment Rights of Attorneys written by Indiana law professor and First Amendment expert, Margaret Tarkington. Christine’s case was also featured in the American Bar Association Journal, the national flagship publication for attorneys. In that article, Christine’s discipline was scrutinized by First Amendment experts. This harrowing experience solidified Christine’s conviction to uphold the truth in her pursuit of justice and made her a more effective advocate for her clients.
Christine has practiced law in the Lafayette area for nearly 16 years and currently focuses on complex litigation, family law, and domestic violence personal injury cases. Over the years, Christine has become known as an attorney with a strong command of the courtroom who is always prepared and fights zealously for her clients. In November of 2017, Christine was recognized for her training in advanced trial advocacy and trial techniques by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in Washington D.C. Additionally, Christine was awarded for her pro bono efforts in helping survivors of domestic violence receive competent representation receiving the Lafayette Bar Association’s Outstanding Attorney award for the years 2017 and 2019 at the Lafayette Bar Association’s Annual Champions of Justice Breakfast.
BAR ADMISSION & EDUCATION
- Lafayette Bar Association & Foundation, 2004
- Paul M. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University, 2004
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A. Political Science, cum laude, 2000
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- Louisiana Supreme Court. NO. 15-B-1453 In Re: Christine M. Mire. NO. 15-B-1453, 2016, pp. 1–3. NO. 15-B-1453, www.lasc.org/opinions/2016/15B1453.jlw.dis.pdf.
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- Neroni, Tatiana. “The Disgruntled Judge Jeanette Knoll Avenges Her Forced Recusal in ‘Legacy Cases’ against an Innocent Bystander without Political Clout, Attorney Christine Mire. And on Behalf of a Friend #JudgePhyllisKeaty.” Independence of Representation in Court and Judicial Accountability in the United States, 3 May 2016, attorneyindependence.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-disgruntled-judge-jeanette-knoll.html.
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- “Safeguarding and Impugning Judicial Integrity.” Voice of Justice Reclaiming the First Amendment Rights of Lawyers, by Margaret C. Tarkington, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 167–175.
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