Janice Rogers Brown

Janice Rogers Brown

Associate Justice
May 1996–June 2005

Date of birth: May 11, 1949, in Greenville, Ala.

Education: B.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1974; J.D., UCLA Law School, 1977.

Associate Justice Janice Rogers Brown served on the California Supreme Court from May 2, 1996, to June 30, 2005. On June 8, 2005, she was confirmed a judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  From November 4, 1994, she was an Associate Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. From January 7, 1991, to November 1994, Ms. Brown served as Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Pete Wilson. The job included diverse duties, ranging from analysis of administration policy, court decisions, and pending legislation to advice on clemency and extradition questions. The Legal Affairs Office monitored all significant state litigation and had general responsibility for supervising departmental counsel and acting as legal liaison between the Governor’s office and executive departments.

Prior to joining Governor Wilson’s senior staff, Brown was an associate at Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, a government and political law firm.

Before joining the firm in January 1990, Brown served for two and a half years from 1987-1990 as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel for the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, working primarily with business regulatory departments. Brown came to BT&H after eight years (1979-1987) in the Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in both the criminal and civil divisions.

From 1977 to 1979, Brown worked for the Legislative Counsel.