Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 2010

The Honorable Edith Brown Clement

The Honorable Edith Brown “Joy” Clement, L ‘72

Edith Clement, known as Joy, was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2001 after having served as a United States District Judge for the eastern district of Louisiana since 1991. She was a maritime attorney in the New Orleans firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre from 1975–1991. Judge Clement received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1969 and her JD from the Tulane Law School in 1973. She served as law clerk to the late United States District Judge Herbert W. Christenberry from 1973–1975. 

In addition to her past membership with the Tulane Dean’s Admiralty Law Advisory Board, her affiliations include the Maritime Law Association of the United States; the Federal Bar Association; the Federalist Society Advisory Board, Louisiana Chapter; the Committee on the Administrative Office of the Judicial Conference of the United States (1995–2001); the Advisory Council at Princeton University of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions; and, the Academic Committee for the Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute. She is also a board member of the Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment and serves on the Sugar Bowl Committee. 

Joy’s husband, Rutledge C. Clement, Jr., served as president of the Tulane Alumni Association board in 1987. They have two children, Rutledge III and Catherine Lanier.


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