BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Former Judge Michael Erwin has passed away on Saturday.

According to Ballotpedia, Judge Erwin was elected as the 19th Judicial District Court Judge in East Baton Rouge in 1990.

His passing was announced at Mayor Broome’s Juneteenth event.

Mike Erwin was a true friend to many people down to his last breath. I’m fortunate to have known him and was one of his good friends. We first met at LSU and later met again when I became an investigator for the DA and he became an assistant DA. 
He was the main person who encouraged me to attend law school and directed me to the Southern Law Center where he graduated. 
Mike was a great ADA who was especially talented as a trial lawyer and arguing to the jury. 
He was one of the brightest men I have ever known. As a judge he had the ability to “cut to the chase” on complicated legal issues. As a judge he raised several generations of young lawyers of every race, religion, gender etc. He was always available for any lawyer on all cases. 
Mike was also a tremendous athlete in high school and later as a softball player and an avid golfer. 
He loved sports but Southern and LSU. He lived and died purple and gold especially football and baseball. He also was a huge fan of the New York Yankees.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore

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