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The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
It Doesn't Matter Where You Started In Life; It Matters Where You End.

Birthplace

Born:
7/1/1960
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
It Doesn't Matter Where You Started In Life; It Matters Where You End.

Birthplace

Born:
7/1/1960
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Ohio State Justice Yvette McGee Brown was born in Columbus Ohio to Sylvia Kendrick on July 1, 1960. After graduating from Columbus, Ohio’s Mifflin High School, McGee Brown attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She graduated with her B.S. degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1982. Three years later, McGee Brown graduated from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law with her J.D. degree in law. In 1992, McGee Brown was elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile division. As lead Juvenile Court Judge, she led the creation of the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, a truancy and educational neglect intervention program. After nine years on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, she retired from the bench to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a multi-disciplinary child abuse and family violence program. In 2008, McGee Brown was also elected to the Ohio Elections Commission. After serving as founding president for the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, McGee Brown became a candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio, tabbed by then Governor Ted Strickland in 2010. Strickland appointed her to the Ohio Supreme Court after losing his gubernatorial bid. McGee Brown became the first African American woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Ohio.

An active community and corporate leader, Justice McGee Brown has served on the boards of Ohio University, The Ohio State University Medical Center, the National Council of the OSU Moritz College of Law, M/I Homes Inc. and Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio. She is the former chair of the United Way of Central Ohio, The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the YWCA Columbus Board of Directors. In 2008, Justice McGee Brown was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. Among her many honors, she has received the Champion of Children Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and several honors from Ohio University and The Ohio State University.

Justice McGee Brown is married to Tony Brown. They have three children and one grandson.

Justice Yvette McGee Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her mother's experiences as a single mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers meeting her half-sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Browns talks about her mother's marriages
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown recalls her mother's diagnosis with Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers visiting her maternal grandparents' home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers Mifflin High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown recalls the political climate of the late 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers interviewing Judge Robert Morton Duncan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers studying journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her mentors at Ohio University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown talks about her experiences at Ohio University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown recalls her decision to attend The Ohio State University College of Law in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Yvette McGee Brown remembers The Ohio State University College of Law in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Yvette McGee Brown remembers joining the Ohio attorney general's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Yvette McGee Brown talks about Judge Lillian W. Burke
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Yvette McGee Brown describes her career at the Ohio attorney general's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Yvette McGee Brown recalls implementing consent decrees in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Yvette McGee Brown remembers her decision to pursue a county judgeship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Yvette McGee Brown remembers her election as a judge in Franklin County, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Yvette McGee Brown describes her judgeship at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Yvette McGee Brown describes her judgeship at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown talks about the juvenile court system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers the O.J. Simpson trial
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes the Student Mediation and Assistance to Reduce Truancy program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes the Family Drug Court at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes the Center for Child and Family Advocacy in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown reflects upon her early judicial career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers serving on the Ohio Elections Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown recalls her decision to become Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's running mate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown remembers Governor Ted Strickland's reelection campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown recalls her appointment to the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown talks about her colleagues on the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown talks about her speaking engagements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown talks about her casework on the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown describes how she would like to be remembered