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UH Law Center remembers alumna and Dean Browne C. Lewis ’97

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UHLC alumna Dean Browne C. Lewis ’97. Photo credit: North Carolina Central University School of Law


June 20, 2022 – The University of Houston Law Center is mourning the loss of North Carolina Central University School of Law Dean Browne C. Lewis. A nationally renowned scholar and LL.M. graduate of UHLC, Lewis passed away on June 2 while attending a conference in Colorado.

“We were very saddened to learn of the sudden passing of UH Law alumna and Dean Browne Lewis. She was an excellent law teacher, a well-regarded legal scholar, and an accomplished academic leader. Most importantly, she was a wonderful person and an excellent mentor,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.

A two-time Fulbright recipient, Lewis’ research and thought leadership covered the areas of artificial intelligence, assisted reproductive technology, environmental racism and inheritance law.

Lewis earned a B.A. in Political Science from Grambling State University, an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law and an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from the University of Houston Law Center in 1997.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 21 at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC, 27707 and on Monday, June 27 at Restoration Apostolic Ministries, 175 Fairgrounds Rd., Natchitoches, LA 71457.

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