The Honorable Clifford A. Brown received his BBA in Business Management & Finance from Adelphi University (New York). He earned a Juris Doctorate at The George Washington University- National Law Center (Washington D.C.) in 1989.
Mr. Brown has extensive litigation experience. He has worked both sides of the aisle as both a defense attorney and prosecutor. Upon Graduating law school, he returned home and accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in New York City. This position proved to be a great training ground where he prosecuted a wide variety of crimes including child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery as well as homicide cases.
In 1993 he entered into private practice as a Partner in the New York City firm of Jackson, Brown, Powell and St. George. He represented clients in all phases of criminal defense and civil litigation. As a criminal defense attorney, Brown handled several high profile cases involving both celebrity as well as indigent clients.
Mr. Brown and his family relocated to Austin, Texas from the New York Metropolitan Area in 1999, whereupon he accepted a position with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. He once again began to prosecute the most serious of cases in the District Courts of Travis County including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated robbery and child as well as adult sexual assaults.
In 2004 Mr. Brown was selected to serve in a newly created position as a Community Prosecutor in the North Central area of Austin. This position was that of a non-traditional prosecutor, where he served as a liaison working in partnership with various community residents, groups, organizations as well as the Austin Police Department seeking to help facilitate solutions to local problems thereby strengthening neighborhoods.
In January of 2007, Mr. Brown was selected by the City Manager to serve as the City of Austin Police Monitor. His office was the vehicle for citizens to file complaints of misconduct against the Austin Police Department. They oversaw the investigation of those complaints in order to provide a sense of transparency to that process in an effort to enhance public confidence and support of the Police Department. In November 2010, Mr. Brown was elected to serve as a State District Court Judge of the 147th District Court in Travis County. He took the bench in January 2011 and now presides over the most serious felony cases ensuring that all participants in the criminal justice system are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
Mr. Brown is very active in Austin community affairs through his church (Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church) where he serves as a member of the Deacon’s Ministry and the Lake Travis Youth Association where Mr. Brown was both a past Board Member and volunteer basketball coach.
In addition, Mr. Brown has served as a mentor within AISD. He is a regular facilitator at the monthly Harvest Foundations African-American Men and Boy’s Conferences. He is past Board Member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). He is Co-Chair of the Austin Do the Write-Thing anti-violence and bullying program. He is a board member of the Bakari Foundation. He is Co- Chair of the American Bar Association- Judicial Function Committee. He is a member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary- Curriculum Committee. He is a member of the National Bar Association- Curriculum Committee.
He is a founding member of the Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court. He is a member of the Child Advocacy Center of Texas- Child Justice Act Task Force. He routinely speaks at various church, community, and civic conferences. Mr. Brown and his wife Tammie have two adult daughters ages 29 and 26 years old. He was a mentor and friend to Bakari.