Nannette Jolivette Brown
Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown graduated from Tulane Law School with a Juris Doctor and later, she served as a teaching fellow at Tulane Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic while pursuing her LLM in Energy and Environment. After graduation, Judge Brown went into private practice with one of New Orleans’ largest law firms, where she focused on commercial and environmental litigation. She was then appointed Director of the Sanitation Department for the City of New Orleans. Following her tenure as Sanitation Director, she returned to private practice, and afterwards served as associate professor at Southern University Law Center as well as assistant clinical professor at Loyola Law School. She became a partner in the New Orleans law firm of Chaffe McCall, focusing on environmental and business litigation. In 2010, she was appointed Deputy Mayor and City Attorney for the City of New Orleans.
In 2011, she was nominated to Louisiana’s Eastern District by President Barack Obama and began her service as Chief Judge in May of 2018. Since beginning her tenure as Chief Judge, she has successfully led the required process to bring on three new district judges, select a new magistrate judge and hire a new Chief Probation Officer. She also served on the Merit Selection Committee that recently selected a new Bankruptcy Court Judge in the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court. She presides over one of the Court’s Rise and Recovery Re-Entry Courts.
As Chief Judge, she has actively organized and supported the court cultural awareness programs, led the charge in meeting Congress’ POWER Act mandate, expanded court naturalization ceremonies, and instituted the tradition of court sponsored bench and bar conferences hosted on a biennial basis.
Judge Brown is the incoming president of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She serves on the executive committee of the Federal Judges Association as co-chair of the Community Outreach and Civic Education Committee. She recently received ABA Presidential Appointments to the Commission on the 19th Amendment and the Ethics and Professional Responsibility – Judges Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Executive committee of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges.
In September, Judge Brown will be honored with the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award by the National FBA and later with the Ernest Morial Award by the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.