Janice Rogers Brown

Hon. Janice Rogers Brown

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (ret.)

The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 8, 2005.  She retired from the court in 2017. From 1996 to 2005, she was an associate  justice of the California Supreme Court.  Prior to this, she served as associate justice of the Third District Court of Appeals in Sacramento and as legal affairs secretary to California Governor Pete Wilson.  Earlier in her career, she served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel for California’s  Business, Transportation and Housing Agency after having worked in the criminal appellate and civil trial divisions of the California Attorney General’s Office.  She currently chairs the Advisory Board of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, and serves on the Board of the Coolidge Foundation and the Association of College Trustees and Alumni.  She is the Darling Foundation Jurist-in-Residence and visiting professor of Law at the University of California Boalt School of Law.  Brown has been honored with the Jurisprudence Award of Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, the Baroness Thatcher Award of the Pacific Research Institute, the Edwin Meese III, Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, the James Wilson Institute Leadership and the Law Award, and the 2019 Bradley Award.  She earned her law degree from the University of California – Los Angeles School of Law, and a Master of Laws in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law. 


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