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Name: Edith Brown Clement                                                             
Born: 29 April 1948                                                                   
Edith "Joy" Brown Clement (born April 29, 1948) is a federal judge on the United       
States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.                                         
Judge Clement was born in Birmingham, Alabama and educated at the University of       
Alabama, receiving her B.A. in 1969, and at Tulane Law School, where she               
received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1972. Her early career included a             
period clerking for Judge Herbert W. Christenberry at the U.S. District Court         
for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1973-1975), after which she worked as a         
maritime attorney in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana until 1991.           
On October 1, 1991 Clement was nominated to the United States District Court for       
the Eastern District of Louisiana by President George H.W. Bush. She was               
confirmed by the Senate to this post on November 21, 1991 by a vote of 99-0, and       
received commission on November 25, 1991. In 2001 she served as chief judge of         
this court, before being nominated to the Fifth Circuit.                               
She was nominated to her current seat on September 4, 2001 by President George W.     
Bush to fill a seat vacated by Judge John Malcolm DuhĂ©, Jr., who assumed Senior       
status. Clement was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 13, 2001         
by a vote of 99-0, and received her commission on November 26, 2001. She was the       
first judge Bush appointed to the Fifth Circuit.                                       
Judge Clement 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, and the Committee on the Administrative         
Office of the Judicial Conference of the United States.                               
With John Roberts' promotion to Chief Justice by President Bush, the media             
mentioned Clement as a possible choice to fill what would have been his spot as       
an Associate Justice in part because she is a woman, and also because she is           
conservative but uncontroversial, with a limited paper trail on controversial         
issues. Time however stated that Clement's chances were diminished because the         
Bush Administration believes her to be guilty of excessive self-promotion.             
Eventually, George W. Bush picked White House Counsel Harriet Miers as his             
nominee to succeed Justice O'Connor, but with the withdrawal of Miers's               
nomination, Clement again was thought to be a potential nominee until the             
nomination of Samuel Alito, who was ultimately confirmed.