Aug. 1, 2019 — Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey V. Brown, a 1995 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday as a U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas.
Brown was nominated for the seat in Galveston by President Donald J. Trump in March and confirmed on a vote of 50-40 along party lines.
"I'm honored to have been nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate,” Brown said. “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."
“Justice Brown, like so many of UHLC’s alumni, is a very talented lawyer,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “His extensive prior judicial experience will prove invaluable for his new role on the federal district court. He is very talented, yet very humble.
“The Law Center is proud of Justice Brown’s many accomplishments. In addition, he is an incredibly loyal alumnus who is a wonderful role model for our students.”
Brown, a Republican, was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by 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.
He 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.