The Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown Elected as President of New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Photo caption: Kathryn M. Knight (2018-19 President) passes the gavel to the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association President the Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown.

NEW ORLEANS – The Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has been elected president of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Details were shared in a press release.

Judge Jolivette Brown was sworn in as president at the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Aug. 22, at the InterContinental New Orleans. She began her board tenure with the Federal Bar Association in 2001 as a practitioner and has actively continued her Board service as a member of the bench.

Nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Barack Obama, Brown began active service on Oct. 5, 2011, and on May 15, 2018, was elevated to the position of Chief Judge of the Eastern District.

Prior to her appointment to the United States District Court, Brown was deputy mayor and city attorney for the City of New Orleans, where she was the city’s chief legal officer. Prior to that, she was a partner with the firm of Chaffe McCall, LLP where she had a varied practice in commercial and environmental litigation, as well as in real estate law and other transactional matters.

In addition to practicing law, Brown has taught at three law schools in Louisiana. She taught students at Tulane Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic, Southern University Law Center, and helped establish the Mediation Section of the Loyola College of Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice.

Brown served as a hearing officer and committee chair for the Louisiana Disciplinary Board for nearly ten years before appointment to the bench. She is a member of the Fifth Circuit District Judges Association and the editor in chief of the District Judges’ newsletter. She is cochair of the Judicial Function Committee of the Criminal Law Section of the American Bar Association and is also a member of the Tulane Inn of Court, A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court, the Louis A. Martinet Society, the National Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges.

Brown received a B.A. in English-journalism from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1985, a J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1988, an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from Tulane Law School in 1998, and mediation and negotiation training from Harvard Law School in 2008. Prior to entering the practice of law, she clerked for the Hon. Veronica DiCarlo Wicker, USDC, EDLA, the first woman federal district court judge in Louisiana.

The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (NOFBA) is dedicated to improving the professional lives of members of the federal bench and bar. It serves over 1,200 members, the largest chapter in the national organization.

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