Judge Roy S. Payne is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall, Texas, where he has served since 2011. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Virginia, with distinction, in 1974, and then received his J.D. in 1977 from Louisiana State University graduating Order of the Coif and serving as an Associate Editor on the Louisiana Law Review. After clerking for U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg of the Western District of Louisiana (1977-1979), he received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1980. He was a trial lawyer in private practice in Shreveport, La. from 1980 to 1987, and from 2005 to 2011, and is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana. From 1987 to 2005 he served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport.