Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Jeff Brown of Houston as a justice of the Supreme Court of Texas for a term to expire at the next general election.
"Jeff is an outstanding and accomplished jurist whose highest priority on the bench is preservation of the rule of law," Gov. Perry said. "Jeff is a staunch defender of the constitutional freedoms our state and our nation are founded upon and he will uphold these values with honor, dignity and integrity as a Supreme Court justice. I am pleased he will continue his lifelong commitment to public service and the people of Texas by accepting this appointment."
Brown is currently justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, a position he has held since his appointment in December 2007. He is also presiding judge of Harris County Success Through Addiction Recovery Drug Court No. 1. He is a former judge of the 55th Judicial District Court in Harris County, and a former associate attorney at Baker Botts LLP. Brown served as law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott. He is vice chair and past president of the Houston Law Review Board of Directors, treasurer of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and past president of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. He is a member of the American Law Institute, Federalist Society, State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges Committee, LifeHouse Advisory Board, and Supreme Court of Texas Multidistrict Litigation Panel. He is also vice president of the University of Houston Law Alumni Association and a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is an editorial board member of The Advocate, a life member and committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, past board member of Texas Lyceum and a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XVIII.
Brown received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.