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The Honorable Dorothy Brown

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.

Accession Number

A2003.251

Sex

Female

Interview Date

10/8/2003 |and| 1/22/2004

Last Name

Brown

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Schools

Jerry A. Moore Elementary

Webster High School

Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

DePaul University

Chicago-Kent College of Law

J.A. Phillips Middle School

Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Any

First Name

Dorothy

Birth City, State, Country

Minden

HM ID

BRO13

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

Yes - Negotiable

Favorite Season

Summer

Speaker Bureau Notes

Brown is highly active in her church, King of Glory Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, at local, district, state and national levels.

State

Louisiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Minden, Louisiana

Favorite Quote

I am the epitome of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

9/19/1953

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Barbeque Wings

Short Description

Clerk of the circuit court The Honorable Dorothy Brown (1953 - ) is the Clerk of Cook County, Illinois, the largest circuit court in the world and has served as president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Greater Chicago.

Employment

Commonwealth Edison

Arthur Anderson & Co.

First National Bank

Odell Hicks and Company

Chicago Transit Authority

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Favorite Color

Red

DAStories

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