By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
North Mississippi’s latest federal judge nominee will get a hearing Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown will appear before the committee’s Panel II set to convene at 10 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the committee notice stated.
Three other Barack Obama Administration judicial nominees also will be considered.
If confirmed, Brown would be Mississippi’s first black female federal judge.
President Barack Obama nominated her in mid-May for the U.S. District Court’s Northern District seat vacated in January 2012 by the death of W. Allen Pepper Jr. of Cleveland.
The judgeship presides over court in Greenville.
To become a federal judge, Brown must win approval from the committee and the full Senate. After her nomination, she received praise from Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans.
Brown is a shareholder in the Jackson law firm Wise Carter Child & Caraway, where she has worked since January 2012. The firm’s website says she specializes in commercial, construction and general liability litigation.
Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University in 1987 and a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1997.
An American Bar Association evaluation rated her as “qualified” for the judicial post, which is a lifetime appointment.
Also to be considered are nominees for two district judgeships in New York and a circuit judgeship for the District of Columbia.