MSU College of Law

Troy Brown

Troy Brown
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Associate Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 328
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Professor Brown joined the faculty of MSU Law in July 2009. He was most recently an attorney at McGuireWoods, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia where he practiced intellectual property and complex commercial litigation and represented franchisors, Fortune 500 companies, and major financial institutions in a broad range of litigation matters. He is a member of several professional legal groups including the American Bar Association and the Gate City Bar American.

Professor Brown's research interests lie in governmental responses to crises, law and policy, and law and economics. He will be teaching Professional Responsibility and Conflict of Laws at the Law College.

J.D. 2003, Harvard Law School; M.P.A. 2003, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government; B.A. summa cum laude 1999, Morgan State University

  • Conflict of Laws
    (Formerly DCL 460) Students who have taken Topics in Conflict of Laws (550A) may not take this course. Conflict of Laws is divided into three parts: (1) personal jurisdiction, (2) choice of law, and (3) full faith and credit to sister-state and foreign-country judgments. The course begins with an examination of the personal jurisdiction of courts and limitations on the exercise of that jurisdiction. The issues to be considered include the following: Where may suit be brought? Given two or more choices of forum, where is it best to bring suit? Next, the course addresses issues concerning the recognition and enforcement of sister-state judgments, as well as foreign country judgments. Finally, the course examines the body of common law known as choice of law. The issues we will address include the following: (1) Which states' rule of decision (substantive law) in a multi-state setting is to be applied to resolve a particular dispute, for example, a dispute over a contract entered into in State A but to be performed in State B, or a multi-state tort, such as negligence? (2) When may a state apply its own law to resolve a dispute without violating the Constitution? (3) When must a state apply federal law or the law of a sister state to resolve a dispute? (4) When must federal courts apply state law to resolve a dispute? The subject of Conflict of Laws is now tested on the essay portion of the bar exam in more than half the states, including Michigan.
  • Medical-Legal Problems
    (Formerly DCL 306) A study of the relationship between law and medicine including medical-legal problems that arise from staff privileges of physicians, rules governing Medicare, HEW regulations and joint problems arising out of the medical management of patients.
  • Professional Responsibility
    (Formerly DCL 260) A course designed to acquaint the law student with many of the obligations owed by the lawyer, both individually and as a member of the legal profession, to the society in which he/she lives. In addition to a discussion of ethical problems involved in the practice of law, an overview of all phases of the profession will be undertaken, including disciplinary proceedings, the functions of Bar organizations and unauthorized practice. Students who have already taken Lawyer Regulation and Ethics in a Technology-Driven World may not take this course.