Paula Brown was elected to Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans on February 9, 2010. A native of Oceans Springs, Mississippi, Paula Brown attended Tulane University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
She began her legal career as an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of Marie A. Bookman. From there, she honed her skills as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Bernette J. Johnson in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, and again at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Her vast experience led her to an appointment as Judge Pro Tempore, Civil District Court, Division “M” in 2004. She has also been a Staff Attorney with the Orleans Indigent Defender’s Program; an Adjunct Professor at Southern University at New Orleans; a Trial Attorney with the Regional Transit Authority; an Associate Attorney with Fine & Associates, PLC; and a Litigator with the Hartford Insurance Group.
Paula Brown is not only active in legal activities, but also in her community. As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about promoting Breast Cancer Awareness, and is a Board Member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, New Orleans Affiliate, where she has served from 2008-present. Judge Brown is also a board member of the Louisiana Heat Foundation and I.N.S.P.I.R.I.E RR, Inc. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Armstrong Family Services and is a member of 100 Black Women, New Orleans Chapter. In addition, Judge Brown serves as a mentor in the Tulane University Women’s Basketball Mentorship Program. Judge Brown is a former YWCA Role Model and a 2010 recipient of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.’s Award for Exemplary Community Service.