Jennifer Gerarda Brown to receive Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award from Connecticut Bar Association

July 16, 2020

Jennifer Brown speaks at podium

Jennifer Gerarda Brown, dean of the School of Law at Quinnipiac, will receive the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award at the Connecticut Bar Association’s annual awards celebration on Wednesday, July 22.

The “Celebrate with the Stars” event will be held virtually from 6 to 8 p.m.

“I am particularly honored to receive this award from the Connecticut Bar Association and excited to join the wonderful legal educators who are prior recipients, including our own Professor Marilyn Ford and Dean Emeritus Brad Saxton,” Brown said. “They, and other recipients of this award, are such shining examples of the way we can promote justice through dedication to educating future lawyers.”

Brown joined the Quinnipiac School of Law faculty in 1994 and became a full professor in 1996. In 1997, she was named the founding director of Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution. She served in that capacity until 2013, when she became dean of the law school. In June of 2019, she was appointed interim executive vice president and provost of Quinnipiac University.

“We are delighted that the CBA has chosen Jen for this well-deserved honor and recognition,” Saxton said. “Throughout her distinguished career, Jen has been an extremely effective leader in and champion for efforts to improve legal education, the legal profession, and access to justice both inside and outside of Connecticut.”

Brown received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law where she was a notes and comments editor of the Law Review. She held a judicial clerkship from 1985-1986 with the Hon. Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Brown worked as an associate at the law firm of Winston and Strawn in Chicago from 1986-1989. Prior to coming to Quinnipiac, she was an associate professor at Emory Law School, and over the course of her career she has taught at law schools including The University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Harvard University and Yale University.

She has a lengthy record of scholarly achievements that includes numerous publications, book chapters and invited presentations. In 2008, she received the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation and in 2014 she was honored with the Maria Miller Stewart Award from the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.

Brown teaches civil procedure and lawyers’ professional responsibility. Brown has written and presented on many subjects, including alternative dispute resolution and LGBT legal issues.

Established in 2012, the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award is presented to a member of the Connecticut Bar Association who is a member of the faculty, a clinical instructor, or an adjunct instructor at UConn Law School, Quinnipiac Law School, Yale Law School, or Western New England Law School or a member of the CBA who has contributed greatly to the legal education of his or her colleagues. The recipient must have demonstrated sustained commitment and made significant contributions to the cause of legal education in the state and have distinguished himself or herself as a legal educator of the highest quality as a teacher, scholarly writer, or both.

Tapping Reeve was an American lawyer, educator, and jurist. He is recognized as founding an important and influential—and perhaps the first in America—law school in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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