Judge Earnest E. Brown, Jr., presiding judge of the Circuit Court 6th Division, 11th Judicial District West of Arkansas was elected to office for a six year term May 20, 2008. He was sworn in to the office January 1, 2009.
Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1991 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1994.
Upon graduation from law school, he initiated his public service career, serving as deputy prosecuting attorney in the Jefferson-Lincoln County prosecuting attorney's office.
Formerly, he served as state representative for legislative district 16 in Pine Bluff and was assistant speaker pro-tem for 4th District. He was also a member of Judiciary Committee, State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committee, co-chair of the Legislative Joint Auditing State Agencies sub-committee, alternate on the Joint Public Retirement and Social Security Programs committee, and Secretary for Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus.
Prior to taking office, he was managing partner with Brown & McKissic Law Firm. The firm practiced criminal defense, domestic relations, personal injury, wrongful death, probate and business and real estate law.
Judge Brown was an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff teaching in the courses of constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal aspects of law enforcement, and legal aspects of corrections from spring 2000 until fall 2006.
Active in his church and recognized for his volunteer work in the community, as well as pro-bono professional services, Brown has received numerous awards and recognitions.
Judge Brown was a member of the 2000 class of Arkansas Business Top “40 under 40.” He is a past member of the Leadership Pine Bluff of Directors (1998 – 2001) and the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Judge Brown received the Arkansas State Court Appointed Advocates (CASA) Award for Juvenile Judge of the Year (2011).
Judge Brown is married. He and his wife Tina have three children.
Judge Earnest E. Brown, Jr., and the 6th division staff are all smiles as they show off a $25,000 check from a grant awarded to the court by the Simmons Foundation Tommy May Make a Difference Challenge. The Jefferson County Quorum court voted to match the grant. Judge Brown says the funds will support work with children of single parent homes.