On Thursday President Obama nominated Jackson attorney Debra Brown to fill the vacant judgeship in the Northern District of Mississippi.
Here is the press release:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama nominated Debra M. Brown, Pamela L. Reeves and Elizabeth A. Wolford for District Court judgeships.
”These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system,” said President Obama. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.”
Debra M. Brown: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
Debra M. Brown has been a shareholder at the law firm of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A. in Jackson since 2012, where she handles a wide variety of commercial litigation matters before both federal and state courts. Previously, she worked at Phelps Dunbar LLP for more than 14 years. Brown received her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Mississippi School of Law and her B.Arch. in 1987 from Mississippi State University. Between college and law school, Brown worked as an architect in the Washington, D.C. area. From 2003 to 2004, she served as President of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association.
Brown’s name surfaced as a potential nominee in February.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Brown’s confirmation. It’s hard to imagine any opposition–she’s respected and not controversial. In addition, she has worked with leading Republican insider Mike Wallace for many years. You would think that Senators Cochran and Wicker were in the loop and support the nomination.
Update: Senator Wicker issue the following statement supporting Brown’s nomination:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Debra Brown to the District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi:
“Debra Brown has a distinguished background in the practice of law. She is well-regarded among a number of people across the legal and political spectrum, and I am impressed by what they say about her qualifications and character. I will ask the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule her hearing in the very near future.”