Congratulations to Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown '88 who was confirmed yesterday to the federal bench. Former Governor Rick Perry appointed Brown, then an appeals court judge in Houston, in September 2013. A former trial judge and an attorney in private practice, Brown had also worked as a law clerk at the Texas Supreme Court, to Abbott, who was a justice, and to former Justice Jack Hightower.
Jeff received our Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 2016. He is a fifth-generation native Dallasite and an alumnus of Good Shepherd School in Garland. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his Good Shepherd and Bishop Lynch years, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. After law school, he served as a law clerk on the Supreme Court of Texas for Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott.
He practiced law in Houston with the international law firm Baker Botts, trying cases to juries across Southeast Texas. He is board-certified in civil trial law and is the co-editor of a legal treatise on the Texas Rules of Evidence. After leaving private practice, he served as a judge on the 55th District Court in Harris County and then on the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2013.
Along the way, Jeff has received many honors. He has been named Judge of the Year three times, was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and one of Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Jaycees. Additionally, he was recently named the Alumnus of the Year by the University of Houston Law Center
Today, he is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and has received the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association. He is also the father of an Eagle Scout. He serves on the boards of the Texas Historical Foundation and Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963