Investiture Held for Ole Miss Law Alumna

Debra Brown Makes History in Mississippi 

By: Alana Dandridgebrown_debra

Oxford, Miss.– Debra M. Brown, an alumna of the University of Mississippi School of Law, is the first African American woman to be sworn in as a U.S. District Judge in Mississippi.  Brown will preside over the Northern District, which includes 37 counties.

The investiture ceremony for Brown was held June 20, 2014 in Greenville, Miss., at the Washington County Convention Center. Guests at the ceremony included U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben V. Anderson.

Richard Gershon, dean and professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, said that the law school is always proud of graduates who make a positive difference as lawyers.

“Judge Brown has proven herself as a dedicated professional of the highest integrity. Her appointment proves that you can do anything with a degree from our law school,” Gershon said.

After graduating law school in 1997, Brown became an attorney at Phelps Dunbar LLP. According to Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Brown was also a shareholder in the Jackson law firm Wise Carter Child & Caraway.

“Brown was appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in fall 2013,” as stated in the Clarion Ledger.

Judge Brown will preside over courthouses in Aberdeen, Oxford and Greenville.