WLFC Law School Chair, 2018-19
Bridjette N. Brown, Esq. serves as a general counsel advisor at the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS). As the agency Staff Attorney, Ms. Brown has provided legal counsel to senior management and a staff of more than 600 individuals for almost five years. She specializes in the areas of Employment Law and Labor Relations, Public Assistance Benefits, Civil Rights, Government Contracting, and Civil Litigation. In the specialty of Employment Law, Ms. Brown leads internal investigations and drafts discipline recommendations involving staff misconduct. She also represents the agency at pre-disciplinary hearings, grievance proceedings, administrative hearings, and union contract negotiations. Moreover, Ms. Brown works in conjunction with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office when employee issues result in State Personnel Board of Review or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filings.
Prior to joining FCDJFS, Ms. Brown worked at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus as an In-House Volunteer Attorney in the Litigation Group. In addition, Ms. Brown worked at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission as a Hearing Unit Contractor where she drafted law and recommendations (hearing reports) on behalf of the State Administrative Law Judge related to allegations of employment and fair housing discrimination.
During law school, Ms. Brown earned numerous accolades, including, Dean’s List Honors, the CALI Award for Highest Grade in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Education Award. This award allowed her to participate in unpaid public service positions over the summer months. Upon graduating college, Ms. Brown was selected as one of forty students nationwide to participate in the 2009 Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Six Week Pre-Law School Summer Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. CLEO is a national organization founded to expand opportunities for minority and low income students to attend law school, graduate, and pass the bar.
Ms. Brown graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Business in 2008. She continued on to earn her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law with a Concentration in Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2012.
Ms. Brown has served as the Law School Chair on the Women Lawyers of Franklin County Board (WLFC) for the past three years. Her role is to facilitate collaborative events between WLFC attorney members and law students at both Capital University and Ohio State University. Ms. Brown is also a member of the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium, Columbus Bar Association, John Mercer Langston Bar Association, Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, Ms. Brown enjoys playing basketball and spending time with her family and friends.