SHERMAN, TX -- Rep. Ralph Hall introduced a bill to name the federal courthouse for its most distinguished member - Judge Paul N. Brown.
And people who worked with the Judge say they can't think of a more deserving person. Including current Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown - who is Judge Paul Brown's nephew.
"He gave his career to north Texas and this area, and served with distinction for a long time," Joe Brown said. "Just a great guy, great man of the law. Just enjoyed being a judge."
Judge Brown was raised in Grayson County and served as a federal judge for 21 years, eventually working exclusively out of the Sherman courthouse.
Maureen Smith worked with Brown after joining the U.S. Attorney's office in 1998.
"He respected everyone. He respected defendants, he respected the lawyers who came before him. He kept everything very professional," Smith said.
She describes Brown as a pillar of the community.
"I do think he had compassion. And I do think he wanted to see people change their lives," she said.
Rep. Ralph Hall started working on getting the courthouse named after the Judge last November after Brown passed away.
"I think all the lawyers, even those that lost cases before him even respected him. Because he's such a fine judge, and such a fair judge," Hall said.
Hall brought cases before Brown when Hall worked as an attorney. He said Brown always had a saying - "Be just, but be kind."
"I have a son that's a district judge in Rockwall Texas. And that's the first thing I told him. I quoted the judge to him," Hall said.
District Attorney Joe Brown said his family is thankful for this honor.
"It means a lot to me, and it means a lot to a lot of lawyers in the area who practiced under him," Brown said.
The bill now heads to the Senate. Rep. Hall said he hasn't run into any opposition yet - and he's confident it will pass.