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Stetson mourns the death of Professor Emeritus James J. Brown


Stetson University College of Law mourns the death of James J. Brown, Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professor Emeritus, who died at his home on May 26 in London, England.

Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund Professor Emeritus James J. Brown

Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professor Emeritus James J. Brown

Professor Brown was the first Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professor at Stetson University, where he taught property, real estate law, land use planning and local government for more than three decades. He began teaching law in 1970, following five years of practice in Cleveland, Ohio. He retired from Stetson in 2010.

A leader in serving his profession, Professor Brown served on the executive councils of the Florida Bar sections for Environmental and Land Use Law; City, County and Local Government Law; and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. In 1980, he was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Secret Land Trusts. In 2006, the Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law Section presented him with the prestigious Ralph A. Marsicano Award, for his significant contributions to the development of local government law in Florida. Professor Brown also received the section’s Paul S. Buchman Award for outstanding legal contributions to the field at the municipal level.

Professor Brown was past president of Scribes, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects. He wrote and edited several treatises and publications on land use law, real property and environmental law.

Professor Brown received his LL.M. from Washington University, his J.D. from Cleveland State University and his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance. He was a member of the Florida and Ohio Bar Associations.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in memory of James J. Brown be directed to the Professor James J. Brown Merit Retention Scholarship Fund at Stetson University College of Law.