By Patsy R. Brumfield
OXFORD – Jackson attorney Debra Brown was sworn in today as Mississippi’s first African American female federal district judge.
She took her oath administered by Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills at the U.S. Courthouse in Oxford.
Brown, a 49-year-old Yazoo City native, succeeds W. Allen Pepper Jr., who died suddenly in January 2012.
She will preside over the Greenville federal courthouse.
Brown was appointed last May by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate a few months ago.
The post is a lifetime appointment and pays $174,000 a year. She joins Mills in Oxford and Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen as a district judge in the northern district.
Brown holds an architecture degree from Mississippi State University and earned her law degree from the University of Mississippi.
She’s been in private practice in Jackson some 16 years after a stint in Washington, D.C.