A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism
B.A., Emory University
J.D., Vanderbilt University
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II
The Law and Ethics of Lawyering
Ethics in Litigation
Conflict of Laws
Lonnie T. Brown Jr. joined the Georgia Law faculty in the fall of 2002, and he is now the holder of the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism. He teaches courses in civil procedure, the law and ethics of lawyering, ethics in litigation and conflict of laws.
Brown's research concentrates primarily on legal ethics in the adversary system. Most recently, he examined the problems created by courts using “officer of the court” status as a reference point for determining the bounds of appropriate lawyer advocacy in “Civility and Collegiality—Unreasonable Judicial Expectations for Lawyers as Officers of the Court?” in the St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics (2012).
His scholarship also involves biographical research on former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and, to date, includes: "A Tale of Prosecutorial Indiscretion: Ramsey Clark and the Selective Non-Prosecution of Stokely Carmichael" in the South Carolina Law Review (2010), "Ramsey Clark" in the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (2009) and "Representing Saddam Hussein: The Importance of Being Ramsey Clark" in the Georgia Law Review (2007).
Prior to joining UGA, Brown was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and served as a visiting assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. In addition, he taught at Emory University as an adjunct professor. He also served as a judicial clerk for Judge William C. O'Kelley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. From 1991 to 1999, he practiced law as an associate and a partner at Alston & Bird in Atlanta.
Brown currently serves on the Drafting Committee for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and on the State Bar of Georgia Formal Advisory Opinion Board. He was also recently selected by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia as the principal substantive consultant for the court’s Local Rules Revision Project. In addition, he has been a member of the Executive Committee for the Professional Responsibility Section of the Association of American Law Schools, the AALS Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance, the American Bar Association's Center for Professional Responsibility and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.
In 2007, Brown was the recipient of the inaugural C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, formerly the Student Bar Association Faculty Book Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a six-time recipient of the Student Bar Association's Professionalism Award and has been twice selected as an honorary faculty marshal by graduating classes. At the university level, Brown has served as a Senior Teaching Fellow and was inducted into the UGA Teaching Academy in 2011.
Brown earned his bachelor's degree from Emory University, where he was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, student body president and a recipient of the Marion Luther Brittain Award, Emory's highest student honor. He then earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar and editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.
He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Sophie and Olivia.
Civility and Collegiality: Unreasonable Judicial Expectations for Lawyers as Officers of the Court, 2 St. Mary's J. L. Malpractice & Ethics 324 (2012) (Symposium Issue).
A Tale of Prosecutorial Indiscretion: Ramsey Clark and the Curious Case of Stokely Carmichael, 62 S.C.L. Rev. 1 (2010).
Drawing the Ethical Line: Controversial Cases, Zealous Advocacy, and the Public Good: Foreword, 44 Ga. L. Rev. 913 (2010) (Symposium Issue).
Representing Saddam Hussein: The Importance of Being Ramsey Clark, 42 Ga. L. Rev. 47 (2007).
“Lawyers” Not “Liars”: A Modified Traditionalist Approach to Teaching Legal Ethics, 51 St. Louis U. L.J. 1119 (2007).
A Teacher's Teacher, 39 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1405 (2006).
Reconsidering the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege: A Response to the Compelled-Voluntary Waiver Paradox, 34 Hofstra L. Rev. 897 (2006); reprinted in the Corporate Practice Commentator (Thomson/West, 2008) .
'May It Please the Camera ..., I Mean the Court'--An Intrajudicial Solution to an Extrajudicial Problem, 39 Ga. L. Rev 83 (2004); also published in A Century of Legal Ethics: Trial Lawyers and the ABA Canons of Professional Ethics.
Ethics 2000 and Beyond: Reform or Professional Responsibility as Usual?: Foreword, 2003 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1173 (2003)
Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: Professional Misconduct, Not Legitimate Advocacy, 22 Rev. Litig. 209 (2003).
Ending Illegitimate Advocacy: Reinvigorating Rule 11 Through Enhancement of the Ethical Duty to Report, 62 Ohio St. L.J. 1555 (2001).
""May it Please the Camera, . . . I Mean the Court"--An Intrajudicial Solution to an Extrajudicial Problem" in A Century of Legal Ethics: Trial Lawyers and the ABA Canons of Professional Ethics (L. Fox, S. Martyn & A. Pollis, eds.) (ABA Publishing, 2009).
"Ramsey Clark" in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (R. Newman, ed.) (Yale University Press, 2009).
"No Comment" or "Anything Goes" - A Retrospective View on the Regulation of Public Commentary by Lawyers (Advocate, 2009)
A Practitioner's Perspective on Academia, Nat'l Association for Law Placement Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 3 (March 1999).
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