Judge Jolivette Brown, Lotief to be honored

submitted mug from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette of Stefni Lotief (right) for story slugged: AlumniHonors.111412
submitted mug from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette of Stefni Lotief (right) for story slugged: AlumniHonors.111412

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association will honor federal Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown and former head softball coach Stefni Lotief with its 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award during a Friday ceremony at the Alumni Center.

The award is the association’s highest honor and recognizes outstanding professional achievements of a university graduate or former student.

Jolivette Brown, a 1985 graduate of then-USL, is the first black woman to be appointed a federal judge in Louisiana, and she is one of 12 judges serving in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Prior to her appointment confirmation by the U.S. Senate in October 2011, she was the city attorney for New Orleans.

She earned Juris Doctor and master’s degrees in energy and environmental law, both from Tulane law school.

Lotief spent 12 seasons as head coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ softball program and in the past 10 seasons coached the team along with her husband, Michael Lotief.

Under her direction, the team won the Sun Belt Conference’s regular season and postseason tournament titles in 11 of 12 seasons, nine NCAA regional championship games, three Super Regionals and also made two Women’s College World Series appearances. She was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year six times and Louisiana Coach of the Year five times.

As a student, Lotief was an All-American pitcher from 1987-1990. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1990 and later a master of business administration.

She stepped down as co-head coach in July after 601 victories over 12 seasons. She remains involved with the team as a volunteer assistant coach.