She attended Cottonport High School. After graduating from LSU, as a woman was discouraged from applying for or attending law school. But nonetheless she persisted and was accepted to the Paul M. Hebert School of Law. During the summer months, she clerked for the Knoll Law Firm and worked with now retired Supreme Court Justice Jeannette Knoll who served as a role model to her. Barbara earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 1978, making her one of the first women in Avoyelles Parish to finish law school.
That same year, Barbara married Mark Mixon of Bunkie, LA, and together they have three children: Luke, Emily, and Molly, and 5 grandchildren. Her husband Mark is a fourth-generation sugar cane farmer and through him she learned never to take anything, especially the weather for granted. Luke, the eldest, is a Navy pilot. She, her husband, two daughters and daughter in law are all LSU graduates with her granddaughter scheduled to graduate in May. They share a love of LSU and enjoy tailgating at LSU games together.
After marrying Mark, Barbara began working at the Social Security Administration’s hearing office, which is the adjudicatory branch of the Social Security disability program. For 21 years, she worked there as a supervisor of 16 attorneys and paralegals. She left to go into private practice, and in 2013 she began working as an attorney at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault.
“Since coming to NBA, I have grown this area of practice and have come to know and care for a great many of my clients,” says Barbara. She has seen clients struggle, unable to afford basic necessities through no fault of their own. She has a deep empathy for her clients and has dedicated her life’s work to guiding people through the often-difficult process of Social Security Disability. In the thirty-three years she has practiced law, Barbara has assisted thousands of individuals in obtaining their benefits in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Avoyelles and Rapides Parish Bar Associations. She is a member to two local women’s political organizations.
Barbara credits her love of reading to her paternal grandmother, who was the librarian in Cottonport for many years at the library which now bears her name. In her honor, Barbara has helped start two Little Free Libraries in Bunkie, which provide free reading material to the public. She takes great pleasure in restocking the libraries with new material, and always tries to fill it with her favorite books.
- Her favorite authors are John Irving and Pat Conroy, and her favorite books are Prince of Tides and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
- When at home she can be found working in her yard.
- She is passionate about politics.
- She and her neighbors have anointed themselves the Krewe of Goux.
- When asked what she would be if not an attorney, she replied: “Unfilled, I love what I do.”
J.D., Louisiana State University Law Center; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1978
B.S., Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1975
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