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The Honorable Dorothy Brown

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Clerk of the Circuit Court

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbeque Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Minden, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
I am the epitome of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1953
Birth Location:
Minden, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Clerk of the Circuit Court

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbeque Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Minden, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
I am the epitome of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1953
Birth Location:
Minden
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Biography

Attorney and certified public accountant Dorothy Brown grew up in a family of eight children and helped her family make ends meet as a young girl by picking cotton on the family farm. During high school, she continued to work, first as a housekeeper and later in a nutrition center for mothers on welfare. After high school, Brown attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her B.A. in 1975, and became a CPA two years later. In 1981, she earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and returned to school in the 1990s to earn a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1996.

Beginning her career as a CPA, Brown worked for Commonwealth Edison and Arthur Anderson & Company. From there, she was hired by the First National Bank of Chicago and later left to join the firm of Odell Hicks and Company. One of her clients at Odell Hicks was the Chicago Transit Authority, and within a few years, she was the general auditor there. While working with the CTA, Brown ran for treasurer of the city of Chicago and narrowly lost the election. Trying again in 2000, Brown ran for the clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County and won. Brown still serves as clerk today for the largest circuit court in the world.

Brown has been active in a number of other areas throughout her professional career, having served as president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Greater Chicago and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. She is also the founder and executive director of the Star Scholarship Fund. Her work, both civic and professional, has garnered her many awards, including the Women in History Excellence Award and the 1999 Women of the Year Award. Brown lives in Chicago, and has one daughter, Detris.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy Brown interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy Brown's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Brown talks about her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Brown recalls her family's political involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Brown discusses her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Brown continues to talk about her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Brown talks about her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy Brown explains how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Brown recalls her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Brown talks about elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Brown remembers her struggles with music theory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Brown explains her religious involvement as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Brown discusses her early basketball career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy Brown tells of racial prejudice she faced during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy Brown talks about her athletic success during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy Brown discusses her high school interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Brown discusses factors involved in choosing a college major
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Brown details the 1972 student demonstrations on Southern University's campus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Brown explains her efforts to obtain a job after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Brown talks about experiences in obtaining a position with Arthur Andersen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Brown talks about balancing her career, education and family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Brown explains how she was hired at First National Bank of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy Brown recalls lessons learned in fair treatment of employees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy Brown discusses her position with Odell Hicks and Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy Brown details her involvement in the city of Chicago audit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy Brown tells of her desire to become a public servant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy Brown comments on being influenced by black attorneys
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dorothy Brown talks about raising her daughter while in law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dorothy Brown discusses her thoughts on running for public office after law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dorothy Brown discusses her decision to run for treasurer of the city of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dorothy Brown talks about organizing her campaign for treasurer of the city of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dorothy Brown explains how she accumulated signatures to run for treasurer of the city of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dorothy Brown tells of factors surrounding her first campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dorothy Brown details events that followed her defeat in the race for treasurer of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dorothy Brown talks about contemplating running for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dorothy Brown discusses her campaign for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dorothy Brown talks about her philosophy as clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dorothy Brown comments on her successes as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dorothy Brown shares her hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dorothy Brown considers her future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Dorothy Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Dorothy Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Dorothy Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Dorothy Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 4