Denise Baker Brown, a litigator and arbitrator who advocated for justice, died on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Mandrin Hospice House of the Chesapeake in Maryland, after battling cancer. She was 66.
She was born on July 16, 1952, in Philadelphia. She was the first of three children born to Genolia Jones and the late James Simmons Baker.
Early on, she developed a competitive spirit and would continuously challenge herself in her love of learning.
Brown was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, also known as Girls’ High. She graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She completed her juris doctor from Rutgers University School of Law and her master’s of legal letters in trial advocacy from Temple University School of Law.
With a teaching certification from Harvard School of Law’s National Institute of Trial Advocacy program, Brown became one of its instructors for five years. She also lectured on courtroom drama and jury selection.
Brown was an adjunct law school faculty member teaching trial advocacy at Temple University School of Law. She was admitted to practice law in Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
Brown served as assistant attorney general in civil litigation and hearing officer for the District of Columbia, supervisory attorney advisor for the District of Columbia public schools, special counsel for the Pennsylvania House urban affairs subcommittee, assistant general counsel for the School District of Philadelphia and senior counsel for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
She married Thimothy Brown on May 6, 1995, and they established their home in Philadelphia. Their son, Chad Brown, was born on May 16, 1997. Five years later, in 2002, they built their dream home in Bowie, Maryland.
Brown enjoyed being a PTA mom and advocating for children’s rights before the school administration, Board of Education or General Assembly.
Her family said she was a gifted quilter who purposely chose fabric to tell a story. She enjoyed the art of scrapbooking especially as it pertained to the international travel and varied cruises with Chad. She was a gourmet cook who loved to make savory meals for people to enjoy.
Brown enjoyed worship with her church members at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
She witnessed her son’s graduation from the University of Maryland Baltimore County on May 23 and was thrilled with his acceptance into Georgetown University for graduate school.
In addition to her mother, husband and son, she is survived by: her stepmother, Alice Baker; sisters, Fran Baker Brown (Aaron) and Monica Jones; stepsister, Simone Brand; brothers-in-law, Joseph G. Smith Brown (Iraima), Eric Smith Brown (Nancy), Antonio Smith Brown (Lismary) and Osnaldo Smith Brown; sisters-in-law, Andrea Brown and Matilda Brown; niece, Anastasia Briscoe; nephews, Antonio Lanclos, Christian Brown and Michael Brown; cousins, John Davis and LaCoya Monlyn; friends, Barb and Bob Garber, Marva and Trevor Henry, Melissa Henry, and Tonya and Harold Miles; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held June 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 14111 Oak Grove Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.