Monday, May 7, 2007
An experienced former public defender and current Class of 1958 Alumni CrimProf at the Washington and Lee University School of Law Darryl Brown will join the Virginia Law faculty as a professor this fall. CrimProf Brown, who visited the Law School during the 2004-2005 school year, teaches criminal law, criminal adjudication, and evidence.
“I have a great fondness for Virginia because it’s my alma mater and I had a wonderful visit there two years ago,” Brown said. “My family’s looking forward to getting back to Charlottesville.”
After earning his law degree at Virginia, where he served as executive editor of the Virginia Law Review, Brown clerked for Delores K. Sloviter, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was an associate at the law firm Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta from 1991-92 before working as an assistant public defender in Clarke County, Ga., and as a staff attorney at the University of Georgia School of Law Legal Aid Clinic from 1992-94. After teaching at Mercer University and Rutgers law schools, he became an assistant professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, where he served until joining Washington and Lee in 1999.
Brown received his master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William and Mary after earning his B.A. at East Carolina University. Before pursuing graduate work he briefly explored journalism, working as a copy aide at the Washington Post.
In the Public Defender’s Office of Clarke County in Athens, he also supervised University of Georgia law students and began working as an adjunct professor at Mercer University School of Law.
“Once I started practicing it, I really enjoyed both the scale of the litigation, in the sense that I could handle my own cases, and [that] the cases didn’t drag on for months or years, so I could see a lot of cases through,” Brown said, “and I liked being a double-check on the government.
“Every now and then you get one of those cases that you feel good about—actually correcting the system and keeping someone from getting wrongfully convicted. Much more often what you’re doing is dealing with people who are guilty of something and making sure that the system convicts them appropriately,” he added.
The Raleigh, N.C., native was also exposed to a new perspective on the indigent.
“Being in a public defender office, all of our clients were poor. I developed close working relationships with the kind of people I’d largely never met before,” he said. “It was an eye-opening experience to see what the lives of a lot of my clients were like.” Rest of Story. . . [Mark Godsey]
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