As an educator and now as acting dean of this law school, I am always thrilled and more than a little self-satisfied when one of my former students goes on to great success. I felt that yesterday when I heard the news that Jeff Brown, an outstanding student in the Law Center class of ’95, had been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Supreme Court.
Perry could not have made a better choice. Jeff is an excellent judge and a truly fine person. The people of Texas are fortunate to have such an outstanding jurist and public servant.
Jeff’s credentials for serving on the state’s highest court are impeccable, dating to his time as clerk to Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott and his practice at Baker Botts. He has been known as an excellent jurist from his days on the 55th district court bench through his years as justice of the 14th Court of Appeals.
He hasn’t forgotten where that legal path began, actively supporting the Law Center, currently serving as vice-president of the UH Law Alumni Association Board, and teaching over the years as an adjunct professor.
As a Supreme Court justice, he promises to follow the letter of the law and serve with dignity and honor. I know he will.
Richard M. Alderman