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Retired Justice Brown to be honored at Sewanee


ROBERT BROWN: To be honored at Sewanee.
  • ROBERT BROWN: To be honored at Sewanee.
Why not a scrap of positive news amid the gloomy political stuff?

Retired Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert Brown will be honored with an honorary doctor of civil law degree Oct. 11 at his undergraduate alma mater, Sewanee, the University of the South.

He is in good company. Other recipients of honorary degrees will be Henry Louis Gates, the Harvard professor and author, and Rev. Becca Stevens, an Episcopalian chaplain at Vanderbilt who founded a residential program for women survivors of prostitution, violence and addiction. 

Brown's credits include his important role in landmark Arkansas court decisions. From the University release:

Justice Robert Brown (right) served as associate justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court for more than 20 years before stepping down in 2012. He is currently Of Counsel with Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP, Arkansas's largest law firm. Among Brown’s significant opinions during his time on the bench were those striking down term limits for U.S. senators and representatives, which was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court; holding Arkansas’ method of public school funding unconstitutional; and protecting the rights of privacy for couples adopting children. Brown’s 2010 book, Defining Moments: Historic Decisions by Arkansas Governors from McMath through Huckabee, has been praised for its unusual combination of historical research and personal familiarity. He received Sewanee’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006 and was the first recipient, in 2010, of the Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Justice Robert L. Brown Community Support Award.

The degree will be presented at a Founder's Day convocation. Brown will deliver the Founder's Day address.

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