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Tulane law alum becomes first African-American female federal judge in La.

October 04, 2011




Tulane Law School alum Nanette Jolivette-Brown (L '88, LLM '98) was confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate Monday.  
The U.S. Senate Monday (October 3, 2011) unanimously confirmed New Orleans City Attorney Nannette Jolivette-Brown (L '88, LLM ’98) for a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Jolivette Brown, who has served as City Attorney since May 2010, becomes the first African-American woman to serve on the U.S. District bench in Louisiana. U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., recommended Jolivette-Brown for the position in a November 2, 2010, letter to President Barack Obama.

“Nannette has been an essential member of our team and a true public servant in our city,” said Mayor Landrieu. “She has been a key figure in saving the City millions of dollars by renegotiating several key contracts from sanitation to the purchase for Methodist Hospital. The depth of her legal background and experiences uniquely qualify her to serve in this federal judgeship. She will be sorely missed.”

Jolivette-Brown stated, “It is a tremendous honor to be confirmed as a United States District Court Judge by the United States Senate. It is also an extraordinary honor to have been nominated by President Obama and to be recommended by Senator Mary Landrieu to serve as an Article III judge. The collective confidence in me is humbling, and I look forward to serving with integrity and a commitment to the rule of law.”

Jolivette-Brown emerged from a humble background to become one of the first African-Americans to hold a leadership position in the New Orleans Federal Bar Association. In addition to her work as a practicing lawyer with Chaffe McCall, L.L.P., Jolivette-Brown has served as a law professor at Tulane Law School, Southern University Law Center, and Loyola Law School and as a mediator.

S ource: The Times-Picayune


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