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The Honorable Susan Baetz Brown
Presiding Judge, 11th Administrative Judicial Region
Judge Susan Brown was appointed by Governor Abbott as the Presiding Judge of the 11th Administrative Judicial Region of Texas in March of 2018. She is currently the Judge of the 185th Criminal District Court in Harris County where she presides over felony criminal cases. Since her election in 1999, she has presided over hundreds of jury trials. In 2013 she was elected to serve as the Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division a position she held until 2017. During that time she worked closely with the McArthur and Arnold Foundations to obtain grant funding to better the criminal justice system in Harris County. Judge Brown was also instrumental in creating the Re-integration Court for low-level drug offenders and obtaining the Pre-trial risk assessment currently used by the criminal courts.
Judge Brown graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College Law in 1985.
Judge Brown is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston School of Law where she teaches trial advocacy.
She serves on the Board of Angela House a program for women recently released from incarceration and Casa de Esperanza a program that provides foster care for children under 6.
Judge Brown is married to Justice Marc Brown they have two adult daughters. Judge Brown and her husband are also licensed foster parents.