THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES CHARLES A. PANNELL, JR., FLORENCE-MARIE
COOPER, AND JAMES J. BRADY TO THE FEDERAL BENCH
The President today nominated Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Florence-Marie Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and James J. Brady to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.
Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., of Chatsworth, Georgia, has been a Judge on the Superior Court for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit since 1979. Prior to his appointment and then election to the Superior Court, he served as District Attorney for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1979, and as a part-time Special Assistant Attorney General for the Law Department of the State of Georgia from 1974 to 1976. Judge Pannell was also an associate and partner with the law firm of Pittman, Kinney, Kemp, Pickel & Avrett from 1972 to 1976 and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia form 1971 to 1972. In addition, he served in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, from 1971 to 1997. His last assignment was in the rank of Colonel as a Senior Military Judge. Judge Pannell received his B.A. in 1967 from the University of Georgia and his J.D. in 1970 from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Mr. James J. Brady, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has practiced law with the firm of Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan since 1997. Prior to joining his current firm, he practiced law with Sullivan, Stolier, Daigle & Resor from 1996 to 1997 and with Dyer, Ellis, Joseph & Mills from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Brady also practiced law with Gravel, Brady & Berrigan from 1989 to 1992 and Gravel & Brady from 1983 to 1988. From 1980 to 1982, he practiced law with Gravel, Robertson & Brady and with Gravel, Roy & Burnes from 1969 to 1980. Mr. Brady was also a member of the Board of Tax Appeals from 1975 to 1980. Additionally, he served as an Adjunct Professor for Louisiana State University during 1985, 1987, and 1990. Mr. Brady received his B.A. in 1966 from Southeastern Louisiana College and his J.D. in 1969 from Louisiana State University Law School.
Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, of Pacific Palisades, California, has served as a Judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court since 1991. Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court, she served as a Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge from 1990 to 1991; a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner from 1983 to 1990; and a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles in 1977. Judge Cooper attended City College of San Francisco and received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Whittier College School of Law. Following law school she clerked for Judge Alarcon of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1975 to 1977; for Justice Alarcon of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District from 1978 to 1980; and for Justice Woods of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District from 1980 to 1983.