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Court of Appeals of Indiana > Judges of the Court of Appeals > Judge Elaine B. Brown Judge Elaine B. Brown

(Fifth District)

115 West Washington Street
Suite 1080 South Tower
Indianapolis, IN  46204
(317) 233-3672

Elaine B. Brown was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Mitch Daniels in May 2008.  Before joining the Court of Appeals, she was a trial court judge for over 15 years and practiced law for 11 years.  She is an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and is a 1996 graduate of the Indiana Judicial College, a 2012 graduate of the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Judge Brown served as judge of the Dubois Superior Court from 1987 to 1998 and from 2005 to May, 2008.  In the years between her tenure on the bench, she maintained a solo practice in Jasper and was a senior litigator with Fine & Hatfield in Evansville.  Earlier in the 1980s, she practiced law with the firm of Thom & DeMotte in Jasper.

Judge Brown earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Indiana University in 1976, and her J.D. from the IU School of Law in Bloomington in 1982.  She was a teacher in the Jasper School Corporation for three years before entering law school.

A large part of Judge Brown’s professional focus during her years on the trial court bench was on substance abuse issues.  She initiated a countywide alcohol and drug program, served as President of the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, and created the county’s Drug Court.  She initiated and served on the Dubois County Community Corrections Advisory Board for over a decade. 

Judge Brown currently serves on the Judicial System Improvement Committee and the Attorney Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association, on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, and on the Indiana Supreme Court Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Committee.  She is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Since 1998, Judge Brown has been an Indiana Registered Civil Mediator.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference and on the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association.  She is a former member of the Indiana Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee as well as the Judicial Administration Committee and the Appointed Judicial Officers Task Force of the Indiana Judicial Conference.  Judge Brown was a Leader in the Brooks Inn of Court in Evansville and a Bencher in the Sagamore Inn of Court in Indianapolis. She was an officer for four years of the Dubois County Bar Association, serving as President in 1985.  

A 1993 graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, she served on that organization’s Board of Governors from 1993 to 1998.  In 1992, Judge Brown received the Outstanding Young Hoosier Award from the Indiana Jaycees, one year after the Jaycees presented her with its Distinguished Service Award. 

A Dubois County native, she is the mother of two children, an elementary teacher and a student at the Indiana University School of Medicine.