Gov. Rick Perry on Monday appointed 180th Criminal District Judge Marc Brown (pictured) of Houston as a justice on the 14th Court of Appeals. Brown fills the empty seat of Jeff Brown, who left for the Texas Supreme Court.
"Maybe they won’t have to change the name on the parking space or the door,” jokes Marc Brown. In seriousness, he says he hopes to fill a need on the Houston appellate bench.
“I saw a need over there, because there are no criminal law practitioners on the 14th. They do a lot of criminal work. I thought I could bring something to the 14th that they don’t currently have, with my background in criminal law,” explains Brown.
He has presided over the 180th Criminal District Court since 2010. Before taking the bench, he was an assistant district attorney in Harris County from 1988 to 2010. Since 1999, Brown has traveled the state as a guest lecturer to teach law enforcement officers, lawyers and judges about the 4th Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Brown earned his undergraduate degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984, and he earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1987.
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity. I’m very humbled to have received the appointment,” he says.
— Angela Morris