Debra M. Brown
|Debra Marie Brown|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi|
November 5, 2013
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||W. Allen Pepper, Jr.|
|Born||1963 (age 53–54)
Yazoo City, Mississippi
|Education||Mississippi State University (B.Arch.)
University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D.)
Debra Marie Brown (born 1963) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Brown was born in 1963, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987, from Mississippi State University. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an architect in the Washington, D.C. area. She received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the law review. After graduation, she worked at the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP for more than fourteen years. From 2012 to 2013, she was a shareholder at the law firm of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A. in Jackson, Mississippi, where she handled a wide variety of commercial litigation matters before both federal and state courts. From 2003 to 2004, she served as President of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association.
Federal judicial service
On May 16, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Brown to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, to the seat vacated by Judge W. Allen Pepper, Jr., who died on January 24, 2012. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported her nomination to the full Senate on August 1, 2013 by voice vote. Brown was confirmed as a district judge on November 4, 2013 by a vote of 90-0. She received her judicial commission on November 5, 2013, and was sworn in by Judge Michael P. Mills on December 18, 2013.
- "Senate Judiciary Committee Nomination Questionnaire" (PDF).
- "President Obama Nominates Three to Serve on the United States District Court". 16 May 2013.
- "Brown, Debra Marie - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "First black woman becomes Miss. US district judge". Associated Press. 18 December 2013. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
W. Allen Pepper, Jr.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi