Judge Edith Brown Clement, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Edith Brown Clement

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Edith Brown Clement was born in April 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and received her Juris Doctor from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. She clerked at the Eastern Louisiana U.S. District Court before entering private practice in New Orleans. 

President George H.W. Bush nominated her to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She was confirmed by the Senate and received her commission in November 1991. She served for a time as the chief judge of that court. 

Clement was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She was confirmed by the Senate and received her commission in 2001. She assumed senior status in May 2018. 

She is married to Rutledge Clement, and they have two children. 

In the News…

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an effort by President Biden’s administration to repeal existing regulations concerning dishwashers and clothes washers. Eleven states had sued the Department of Energy over the imposition of energy and water efficiency standards for those appliances. In the opinion, the court wrote, “It’s unclear that DOE has statutory authority to regulate water use in dishwashers and clothes washers.” 

The opinion, issued by a three-judge panel that included Judge Edith Brown Clement, said, “But even if DOE has water-usage authority over the relevant appliances, the Department… failed to adequately consider the negative consequences of the Repeal Rule, including the substitution effects of energy-and-water-wasting rewashing, prewashing, and handwashing. In promulgating the Repeal Rule, DOE stated that its energy conservation program must promote ‘water conservation’ and regulate ‘water use.’ … But it is unclear how or why DOE thinks it has any statutory authority to regulate ‘water use’ in dishwashers and washing machines.” 

The court also noted that the new standards of the DOE “make Americans use more energy and more water for the simple reason that purportedly ‘energy efficient’ appliances do not work.” 

The court’s opinion allows the manufacturers of those appliances to make improvements without being encumbered by counterproductive federal regulations. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Clement today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Edith Brown Clement 
Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
600 Camp Street 
New Orleans, LA 70130  


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