A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism & Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
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University of Georgia
School of Law
327 Rusk Hall
Athens, GA 30602
United States

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B.A., Emory University
J.D., Vanderbilt University


Civil Procedure
The Law and Ethics of Lawyering
Ethics in Litigation
Georgia Practice and Procedure

Biographical Information

Lonnie T. Brown Jr., who holds the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in the fall of 2002. He teaches courses in civil procedure, the law and ethics of lawyering, ethics in litigation, and Georgia practice and procedure. In 2019, he was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, UGA's highest honor for teaching excellence. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the law school's associate dean for academic affairs.

Brown's research concentrates primarily on legal ethics in the adversary system, and he speaks and writes frequently in this area. He also has written a biography of former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark titled Defending the Public's Enemy: The Life and Legacy of Ramsey Clark (Stanford University Press, 2019) and is a co-author of the fourth edition of Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West Academic, 2020). 

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 is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He also serves as the vice chair of the Drafting Committee for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a body responsible for issuing formal opinions interpreting the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Code of Judicial Conduct. In addition, he is the law school’s representative on the State Bar of Georgia’s Formal Advisory Opinion Board and is a member of the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

Brown has received the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a 14-time recipient of the Student Bar Association's Professionalism Award. He also has been selected four times as an honorary faculty marshal by graduating classes. At the university level, Brown has served as an Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and as a Senior Teaching Fellow. In addition, he is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy.

Brown earned his bachelor's degree from Emory University, where he was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, student body president and 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.

Publications & Activities


Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (with Russell Pearce, Renee Knake, Bruce Green, et al.) (West Academic, 4th ed., 2020).

Defending the Public's Enemy: The Life and Legacy of Ramsey Clark (Stanford Univ. Press 2019).

Ramsey Clark in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman, ed.) (Yale Univ. Press, 2009).


Criticizing Judges: A Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility, 56 Ga. L. Rev. ___ ( forthcoming 2021).

Civil Unrest and the Role of the Attorney General: A Comparison of Ramsey Clark to William Barr, 72 Mercer L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021).

Different Lyrics, Same Song: Watts, Ferguson, and the Stagnating Effect of the Politics of Law and Order, 52 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 305 (2017).

In Defense of the Devil's Advocate, 44 Hofstra L. Rev. 1037 (2016).

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).

"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).