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Judge Joe Brown
Joseph Blakeney Brown Jr., known as Judge Joe Brown, is a former American lawyer and television personality. He is a former Shelby County, Tennessee Criminal Court judge and a former arbiter of the arbitration-based reality court show Judge Joe Brown.
Raised in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, Brown graduated as valedictorian at Dorsey High School, then in 1969 earned a bachelor's degree in political science and in 1973 a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at UCLA. While attending law school, Brown worked as a substitute teacher. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
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