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August 19, 2021

Raleigh lawyer Christopher Browning named chair of ABA Judicial Division

CHICAGO, Aug. 19, 2021 – Christopher G. Browning Jr., a trial and appellate lawyer with the firm of Troutman Pepper in Raleigh, N.C., has been named chair of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division. He took office at the ABA’s Annual Meeting, which concluded Aug. 10.

The Judicial Division is the ABA's home to judges, lawyers, tribal members, court administrators, academics and students interested in the courts and the justice system.

Under Browning’s leadership, the Judicial Division will focus on protecting judges through practical training, education regarding technology and resources outside the courthouse. The division will also respond to attacks on courts globally, including speaking out in support of female judges in Afghanistan, and will continue to protect judicial independence with an emphasis on judicial adjudications of federal agency decisions. Additionally, the Judicial Division will continue its longstanding commitment to promoting diversity within our courts and producing programs and publications for judges, practicing attorneys and law students.

Browning was appointed the first solicitor general of North Carolina in 2005 and served seven years in that position. Today, as a partner with Troutman Pepper, he is a litigator whose practice focuses on appellate law, complex commercial litigation, business torts, environmental disputes and government relations.

Prior to working for the state, Browning was part of a trial team that handled one of the longest war crimes proceedings in history, a case tried in the Hague, Netherlands, before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has also argued multiple times before the United States Supreme Court.

Browning is recognized by several industry authorities for his experience in appellate law including, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers North Carolina. He has taught appellate law at Duke University School of Law and has a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. the Coif, 1986.

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