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.
Professor 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, Professor 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.
Professor Brown currently serves as the vice chair of the Drafting Committee for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Formal Advisory Opinion Board and the Executive Committee for the Professional Responsibility Section of the American Association of Law Schools. In addition, he is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.