The first thing to remember about Judge Jerry Brown was him talking about how lucky he was. He never ceased to have gratitude for the opportunities he had in life. He called it being the “luckiest guy in the world”: lucky to go to Tulane Law School, lucky to meet and marry his wife, Flo, also a Tulane grad, lucky to be Judge John Minor Wisdom’s law clerk, and lucky to have been appointed as a bankruptcy judge. But we were the lucky ones to have known Judge Brown.
As president of the New Orleans Bar Association in 2000-2001, he was instrumental in creating the New Orleans Bar Foundation and its first project, the Arceneaux Professionalism Award. His legacy will be one of promoting the good works of lawyers and the professionalism that he modeled throughout his career.
Former NOBA President, Grady Hurley, described him this way, “Jerry was just a very good guy that happened to be very smart, and although a federal judge, he was always Jerry to his colleagues. He was always open to new ideas and never showed any ego, just a determination to get things done. He was that way with the NOBA Foundation. I was fortunate to be his president-elect and he was both a valuable mentor and a sage as our past president. I recall bending his ear on many of occasions and he was always considered and practical with his advice. He truly had a judicial temperament in the best of ways. He was loyal to his friends and his alma mater, Tulane. He will be remembered and missed….Roll Wave!”
Judge Brown also enjoyed his friends and New Orleans – he was a regular at the Jazz Fest every year, enjoyed sports events, playing cards with his buddies, and mentoring years of young and older attorneys.
In memory of Judge Brown, New Orleans Bar Association has made a donation to the New Orleans Bar Foundation.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in New Orleans at Rayne Memorial Church, 3900 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10 a.m. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Honorable Jerry A. Brown Endowed Law Scholarship at giving.tulane.edu/law or by check sent to Tulane University, P.O. Box 61075, New Orleans, LA 70161-9986.