Judge Janice Rogers 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.
In 1996, she became an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, where she served until 2005. Earlier in her career, Judge Brown held positions providing legal counsel to senior leadership of several California government agencies, including as the legal affairs secretary to California Governor Pete Wilson from 1991–1994.
On June 8, 2005, Janice Rogers Brown was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her retirement in 2017.
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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