Justice Robert L. Brown

Robert Laidlaw Brown was born in Houston, Texas, on June 30, 1941. He moved to Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, when he was fourteen.

Justice Brown received a B.A. in English literature from Sewanee, the University of the South, and an M.A. from Columbia University. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia in 1968.

Justice Brown worked in the administrations of several Arkansas luminaries including Jim Guy Tucker and Dale Bumpers. He founded two law firms and taught at the University of Arkansas. Justice Brown was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1990 where he served until 2012. He was the first recipient of the Robert L. Brown Community Support Award.

He authored numerous articles and wrote Defining Moments: Historic Decisions By Governors from McMath to Huckabee and The Second Crisis in Little Rock: A Report on Desegregation Within the Little Rock Public Schools.

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