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UH Law Center alumnus Brown '95 takes oath of office as federal district judge

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University of Houston Law Center graduate Jeff Brown '95 was officially sworn in as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Wednesday. He was joined by his wife Susannah Brown, and sworn in by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, right. (Photo by Osler McCarthy/Texas Supreme Court)

Sept. 13, 2019 - Judge Jeff Brown, a 1995 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was sworn in as a U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas during a ceremony in Austin on Wednesday.

"I'm honored to have been nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate,” Brown said at the time of his confirmation. “I thoroughly enjoyed being a trial judge and I'm looking forward to doing it again. And my family and I are excited to be moving to Galveston and becoming part of that remarkable community."

Brown was nominated on March 8 and confirmed by the Senate on July 31. His seat is in Galveston.

He was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in September 2013. He previously served as a justice on Houston's 14th Court of Appeals and as judge of the 55th District Court. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced at Baker Botts LLP in Houston and earlier served as briefing attorney to Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott on the Texas Supreme Court.

Brown is an active supporter of the Law Center, having served over the years as an adjunct professor, frequent speaker, member of the UH Law Alumni Association Board, and participant in the school’s jurist-in-residence and lecture program.

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