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Brown Becomes Mississippi’s 1st Black Woman on Federal Bench

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 06 Nov 2013 05:29am | comments
Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. District Court Judge Debra Brown, Senator Thad Cochran

Yazoo City native Debra M. Brown is set to become the first black woman to be a U.S. district judge in Mississippi. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports both of Mississippi's Senators supported Browns unanimous confirmation.

The Senate confirmation of Debra M. Brown as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi followed glowing  recommendations from Mississippi's  Republican Senators.  At Mondays confirmation hearing Senator Thad Cochran said Brown will bring a unique perspective to the court based on her diverse professional and educational background.

"During her almost 16 years in private practice Ms. Brown has had the opportunity to be involved in numerous civil cases in a wide range of subjects. And I am confident she will serve with distinction as a United States District Court Judge."

Brown was confirmed on a 90-0 vote. Prior to the vote Senator Roger Wicker said he is confident that her service will not only be good for the country but also for the state and the city of Greenville where she will preside.

"Having a judge whose also an architect would be particularly serendipitous for Greenville. The federal courthouse there is woefully inadequate Madam President. The court is in desperate need of a state of the art courthouse. I'm hopeful Ms. Browns tenure will coincide with its construction."

Brown received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University before earning a law degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a shareholder in the Jackson law firm Wise Carter Child & Caraway. Jackson attorney Laverne Edney worked with Brown as part of the Mississippi Black Women's Lawyers Association. She also served as Browns Co-Chair for the Mississippi Center for Justice.

"Just watching her over the years, she's very meticulous, she's very organized. I think those are qualities that would be really good for her position. She's fair and I think that she's gonna really look at the law and apply it accordingly."

President Barack Obama nominated Brown in May for the judgeship position after U.S. District Judge W Allen Pepper Jr. died in 2012. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. District Court Judge Debra Brown, Senator Thad Cochran


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