“This is going to combine three great loves of mine: I love writing; I love civil law; and I love criminal law,” says Brown. “This is just an ideal job, and I’m really excited about it, and I’m looking forward to jumping in.”
From 2005 to 2006, Brown was judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court No. 1, a position that she assumed when she was 30 years old. She was an assistant district attorney in Dallas County from 2000 to 2005. Brown earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1999, and she earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1996.
Since 2008, she has been a commissioner for the Texas Department of Public Safety. She says she will resign from that position to take the bench.
Brown is a member of American Mensa, a high-IQ society for people who score in the top 2 percent on intelligence tests.
When asked what past experience will help most in her new role, Brown replies, “Since we hear both civil and criminal appeals, I think I will be drawing a lot on my experience as a criminal court judge, and my experience as a criminal lawyer, and then my experience litigating state court cases at this civil firm.”
-- Angela Morris