Brown nominated for US district judgeship in Miss.

Attorney Debra Brown (Photo from

JACKSON – (AP) President Barack Obama on May 16 nominated Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown to be a U.S. District judge for northern Mississippi.

Attorney Debra Brown (Photo from

If confirmed, Brown would be the first African-American woman to serve as a federal district judge in the state, said a spokesman for Mississippi's senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran.

“I congratulate Debra Brown on her historic nomination and am hopeful the Senate will conduct a timely and thorough consideration of her qualifications to join the federal bench,'' Cochran said in a news release.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., also issued a statement praising the nominee.

“Debra Brown has a distinguished background in the practice of law,'' Wicker said. “She is well-regarded among a number of people across the legal and political spectrum, and I am impressed by what they say about her qualifications and character. I will ask the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule her hearing in the very near future.''

Brown is a shareholder in a Jackson law firm, Wise Carter Child & Caraway, where she has worked since January 2012. The firm's website says her main areas of practice have been in commercial, construction and general liability litigation.

She worked at another Jackson firm, Phelps Dunbar, more than 14 years.

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.