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Judge Janice Rogers Brown Joins ACTA’s Board of Directors

January 8, 2021 by ACTA

Washington, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is proud to announce that Judge Janice Rogers Brown is joining our board of directors.

Judge Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from California State University–Sacramento in 1974, her J.D. from the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law in 1977, and a Master of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004. She then entered government service, holding numerous legal positions in California.

In 1994, then governor of California, Pete Wilson, appointed Judge Brown as Associate Justice of the Third District Court of Appeals in Sacramento. She served for two years before becoming Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

In 2003, Judge Brown was nominated by President George W. Bush for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and she was later confirmed in 2005. She retired from the bench in 2017.

“Judge Brown brings a wealth of insight and experience to our board of directors,” said Michael Poliakoff, president of ACTA. “We are honored to have her join us. Her stellar judicial career and dedication to American higher education will prove exceptionally valuable as we seek to ensure academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability on our nation’s campuses.”

Judge Brown has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Pepperdine University and Southwestern School of Law. She has served with distinction on Pepperdine University’s Board of Regents. Honors and awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgetown University Chapter of the Federalist Society, the Jurisprudence Award from the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, the 2019 Bradley Prize from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the Pacific Research Institute’s Baroness Thatcher award.

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