The LSU Law Center mourns the passing of Federal Senior Judge James “Jim” Brady, who died Saturday evening after a brief illness.
Brady, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana, was a 1969 graduate of LSU Law, an adjunct professor at the school, 2014 Distinguished Achievement Honoree, a member of the Pugh Institute of Justice advisory committee, and a longtime supporter and volunteer of the LSU Law trial advocacy program.
“The LSU Law Center community is saddened by the news of Judge Brady’s passing,” LSU Law Dean Tom Galligan said. “Judge Brady was incredibly supportive of the LSU Law Center, our advocacy and externship programs, and he was always the first to answer the call when we needed volunteers to judge our internal competitions. He held LSU Law in high regard, and we will miss him. The Law Center lost a great friend this weekend.”
As a student at LSU Law, Brady was president of the Student Bar Association. Following graduation, he was a member of the LSU Law Board of Trustees and a former member of the Chancellor’s Council.
Brady’s influence to the legal community is remembered by leaders in statements made following his passing.
“The judges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana mourn the loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Judge James J. Brady,” Chief District Judge Brian Jackson said. “Judge Brady’s remarkable career as a federal judge was exemplary and his commitment to providing equal justice under the law resonated throughout his career as a lawyer and a judge. He will forever be remembered for his extraordinary integrity, compassion and devotion to the rule of law.”
Brady was confirmed as a federal judge in 2000 after being nominated for the position by President Bill Clinton. In one of his most notable cases in 2003, he ruled and oversaw the settlement of East Baton Rouge Parish’s school desegregation case.
But the LSU Law Center will remember Brady for his dedication to his alma mater. Most recently, Brady volunteered to judge the final round of the Fall 2017 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition on Nov. 1.
The entire Law Center community mourns his passing.