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Edith Clement
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/25/1991-Present
Preceded by:   John Duhe, Jr.
Past post:   Eastern District of Louisiana
Past chief:   2001
Past term:   1991-2001
Past position:   Seat #2
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Birmingham, AL
Undergraduate:   University of Alabama, 1969
Law School:   Tulane Law School, 1972

Edith Brown Clement is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Education

Clement graduated from the University of Alabama with her bachelor's degree in 1969 and obtained her J.D. from Tulane Law in 1972.[1]

Professional career

Clement served as law clerk to Judge Herbert Christenberry of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1973 to 1975. She then worked as an attorney in private practice in the State of Louisiana from 1975 to 1991.[1]

Judicial career

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Clement was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by John Duhe, Jr. Clement was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 13, 2001, and received commission on November 26, 2001.[2]

Eastern District of Louisiana

Clement was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President George H.W. Bush on October 1, 1991, to a seat vacated by Charles Schwartz, Jr. Clement was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 21, 1991, on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on November 25, 1991.[3]

Clement briefly served as the chief judge of the court in 2001 before leaving the Eastern District of Louisiana on November 27, 2001, due to her appointment to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Clement was succeeded in this position by Lance Africk.

Notable cases

Parents permitted to intervene in school voucher desegregation suit (2014)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Brumfield, et al v. Dodd, 13-31262)

On April 10, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit composed of Judges Clement, Grady Jolly, and Jerry Smith, ruled that parents would be permitted to intervene in a suit filed against Louisiana's Superintendent of Public Education by the Department of Justice to ensure its school-voucher program was in compliance with federal desegregation orders.[4]


In the underlying case, the U.S. government filed suit for an injunction, demanding that the state's voucher program not be used to send students in failing schools under federal desegregation orders to private schools as doing so would "cause irreparable injury to the court-ordered desegregation process." The parents were previously denied the opportunity to intervene, but Judge Smith, writing for the majority, noted that the children's guardians need only show the possibility that their interests would be affected by the case's resolution.[4] In concluding the ruling, Smith quipped:


It would indeed be a questionable rule that would require prospective intervenors to wait on the sidelines until after a court has already decided enough issues contrary to their interests.[4][5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Charles Schwartz
Eastern District of Louisiana
1991–2001
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Lance Africk
Preceded by:
John Duhe
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
2001–present
Succeeded by:
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