About George D. Brown

George Brown is the Robert Drinan, S.J., Professor of Law. Most recently he served as Interim Dean of the Law School, 2010-2011. He is a specialist in the field of federal-state relations and government ethics. In both areas he draws on his extensive experience in state government. He has served as Legislative Assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts and as Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts. In 1994, Governor William Weld appointed him Chair of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. In the field of federal-state relations, Professor Brown is best known for his articles on the jurisdiction of federal courts and on the federal grant-in-aid system. He has also served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Federal Courts.
In the field of government ethics, Professor Brown has written several articles on recent judicial developments. His current research focuses on the role of the courts in the War on Terror.


Present Robert Drinan, S.J., Professor of Law, Boston College Law School



Research Interests

Federal-State Relations, Government Ethics, National Security Law, and Federal Courts


  • Fall 2015: Church & State, Entertainment Law
  • Spring 2016: Constitutional Law

Contact Information

George D. Brown
Robert Drinan, S.J., Professor of Law,
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
Office Location:
Law School EW318

Articles (41)

Contributions to Books (1)

Selected Professional Activities (6)