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Theodore Brown, Jr.Theodore Brown, Jr.

Senior Lecturer
Adjunct Professor, UT College of Law

1013-A McClung Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0410

Phone:  (865) 523-6596

Mr. Brown's Vita



Theodore Brown, Jr., B.S. (History) summa cum laude, University of Tennessee (1971), J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law (1978), is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, where he teaches (or has taught) Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Process, Tennessee Government, and Law in American Society. He also is Adjunct Professor of Law in American Legal History at the University of Tennessee's College of Law.  Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1949, Brown grew up in Etowah, Tennessee.  He practiced law in Atlanta for twenty-five years before returning to Knoxville in 2006 to begin his teaching career.

Brown is the author of "The Formative Period in the History of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1796–1835," in A History of the Tennessee Supreme Court (University of Tennessee Press, 2002), sponsored by the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, which was awarded the Tennessee Book Award by the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Library Association as the most outstanding book on Tennessee history published during the year 2002.

Brown authored the entry for John Catron, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture:  Law and Politics, vol. 11 (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), and his book review of Matthew Warshauer's Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law:  Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship (University of Tennessee Press 2006) was published in the Winter 2008 number of The Tennessee Historical Quarterly.  He contributed biographical profiles of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William J. Harbison, early Tennessee jurists John McNairy and John Overton, and U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee for inclusion in the Tennessee Historical Society's Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (1998).  He is co-editor, with Professor James W. Ely, Jr. of the Vanderbilt University School of Law, of Legal Papers of Andrew Jackson (University of Tennessee Press, 1987) and the author of "The Tennessee County Courts under the North Carolina and Territorial Governments:  The Davidson County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1783-1796, as a Case Study," 32 Vanderbilt Law Review 349 (1979).

As an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Brown organized and catalogued Senator Kefauver's papers and since has written several articles about Senator Kefauver, the law, and Tennessee political and legal history.  He is at work on a book based on his lecture, "Estes Kefauver and Political Leadership," which was delivered as the Eighth Annual Estes Kefauver Scholars Lecture at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee, in February of 1995.  His interview discussing Senator Kefauver's renowned investigation of organized crime was included in the A & E documentary "Las Vegas and the Power of Money," which aired in 2002.

Brown served as a member of the U.S. Senate staff of U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr., 1969–1970.

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