Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:16
New Orleans Mayor Landireu Comments On City Attorney's Appointment To Federal Judge
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has issued this statement after President Barack Obama nominated City Attorney Nannette Jolivette Brown for a judgeship on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 

“Nannette is and has been an essential member of our team and a true public servant in New Orleans,” said Mayor Landrieu.  “The depth of her legal background and experiences uniquely qualify her to serve in this federal judgeship.“

Nannette V. Jolivette Brown has served as City Attorney since May 2010. In that role, she is responsible for directing and supervising the legal affairs of the City of New Orleans including providing legal advice to the Mayor, the City Council, and other city offices, departments, and boards. Ms. Jolivette-Brown was previously a partner with Chaffe McCall, L.L.P., where she had a diverse legal practice representing individuals and a variety of business and commercial interests in litigation as well as in transactional matters. She has been lead attorney in matters before state and federal courts in several jurisdictions and specifically in several precedent-setting environmental permit appeals in Louisiana, as well as point-person in negotiations regarding settlement and other forms of dispute resolution.

As a Law Professor, she has taught Federal Civil Procedure, Sale and Lease, Conflicts of Law and Professional Responsibility, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, and Toxic Torts. Ms. Jolivette-Brown also has over 20 years experience representing parties in mediation and mediates commercial matters and a variety of other disputes. She was a member of the American Arbitration Association/Louisiana Department of Insurance Hurricane Mediation Program as a mediator where she mediated hundreds of insurance related disputes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ms. Jolivette-Brown also served as Director of New Orleans’ Sanitation Department from 1994-96. She was a founding member of the Mediation Section of the Loyola University College of Law, Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice, where she initiated criminal restitution mediations, helped revive pro bono domestic mediations in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans and trained student mediators in federal court and state small claims mediations. 


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