Geoffrey F. Brown

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Geoffrey F. Brown (born May 20, 1943 in San Francisco) is a commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission.[1] He attended schools both in San Francisco and Marin Counties and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley 1964 and San Francisco Law School in 1970. He served two stints in the U.S. Air Force (1965 and 1968-1969) as an enlisted man.

Brown was admitted to the Bar in January 1971 and practiced with his father until joining the San Francisco Public Defender's Office in October 1971. In 1978 he was elected Public Defender of San Francisco and was re-elected five times. During Brown's tenure, the Public Defender's Office grew to a staff of 83 attorneys and 40 support personnel.

Brown was appointed by Governor Davis in January 2001 as a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and confirmed in March by the State Senate. His term expired in January 2007 after which he joined the John F. Kennedy University College of Law, teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence. As of August 2013, he is teaching at UC Hastings in San Francisco.

A widower, he has three grown daughters, Miranda, Simone and Olivia.


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