July 19, 2005

Judge Edith Brown Clement: The Nominee

My mistake, it is not Judge Edith Brown Clement. John G. Roberts Jr. is Bush choice for Supreme Court.

Judge Edith Brown Clement
Judge Clement was sworn in as a United States District Judge in 1991 and is presently serving as Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana. She was a maritime attorney in the New Orleans firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre from 1975 - 1991.

Judge Clement received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1969 and her J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1973, and served as law clerk to the late U.S. District Judge Herbert W. Christenberry. She is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Federal Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the Federalist Society, the Tulane Law School's Inn of Court, the Committee on the Administrative Office of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and she serves as the Eastern District of Louisiana Representative on the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council.

She is married and has two children.
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People for the American Way: Confirmed Judges Confirm Our Worst Fears
Judge Clement has joined troubling dissents from two important decisions by the full Fifth Circuit. In one, Judge Clement maintained that the scope of an important federal criminal law, the Hobbs Act, should be severely limited on “federalism” grounds. In the other, Clement voted to allow the unlawful firing of a public school teacher. Judge Clement also wrote the opinion in a 2-1 decision reversing a jury’s award of damages for pain and suffering of a mother and daughter killed in a grisly truck accident.
Big Business will support Judge Edith Brown Clement.
"Big business has been a huge supporter of the president," said Thomas Goldstein, a Supreme Court expert and Washington, D.C. lawyer. "It's reasonable to expect that they're going to get a nominee that remains pro-business." [..]

Glenn Lammi, chief counsel of the conservative Washington Legal Foundation, identified at least three possible nominees that big business would cheer: John Roberts Jr., Edith Brown Clement and Janice Rogers Brown. All three are federal appeals court judges.

Corporate America would favor Roberts and Clement because both were once private practitioners who represented business interests -- experience the Rehnquist court now lacks. Given their past experience, the thinking goes, both judges might be friendly to corporate America.
Senator Reid: Senator Reid: Four Years Later: An Early Look at the Impact of Bush Judges on the American People
Race Discrimination

Judge Edith Brown Clement dissented from a 2-1 ruling in favor of African American plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit brought against life insurance companies that had maintained dual rate and dual plan policies by race, placing African Americans “in policies offering the same benefits as do policies sold to whites, but at a higher premium.”

The district court denied the plaintiff’s motion to proceed with a class action – which, in all likelihood, would have ended the lawsuit. The Fifth Circuit reversed, with Judge Clement dissenting. Bratcher v. National Standard Life Insurance Co., 365 F.3d 408 (5th Cir. 2004)
I hope this short description of Judge Edith Brown Clement is helpful, let the battle begin.


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