Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of Browne Lewis ’88, Dean of North Carolina Central University Law School

North Carolina Central University Law School Dean Browne Lewis ’88 died suddenly on June 2 while attending a professional conference in Colorado with colleagues.

"The University of Minnesota Law School community and I are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Browne Lewis ’88, a highly accomplished alumna," said Garry W. Jenkins, Dean & William S. Pattee Professor of Law. "As dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law, an HBCU law school, she was an enormously influential lawyer-leader, a prolific scholar in the areas of artificial intelligence, reproductive technology, environmental racism, and an innovator in expanding opportunities for underrepresented law students."

In addition, Jenkins continued, "Browne was a widely respected leader in legal education and a treasured board colleague with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Her insights, perspective, and voice helped strengthen so many institutions and advanced the cause of justice. Her death was a shock to me personally and represents a great loss to her alma mater, to North Carolina Central, to Cleveland State (where she was a long-time faculty member prior to her deanship), and also to academia as a whole. Her deanship and life were cut short, and she will be sorely missed as a leader and as a person. On behalf of Minnesota Law, I send my deepest condolences to Browne’s family and friends, and my sincere appreciation for her many contributions to my life and the lives of countless others."