About Michael B. Browde
Michael Browde, a 1968 Graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, came to the law faculty in 1977 after having served as law clerk to the Honorable Luther W. Youngdahl, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, followed by a seven year stint with the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque.
Browde finished his teaching responsibilities and took Emeritus status in 2009. During a 30 year career he taught primarily in the area of Constitutional law, including the basic Introductory Constitutional Law course, State Constitutional Law, Constitutional Rights, and Comparative Constitutional Law, as well as a Seminar on Supreme Court Decisionmaking. Browde also taught Advocacy, Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Professional Responsibility and Appellate Practice, and served as faculty adviser to the New Mexico Law Review.
Browde has written widely on a number of areas of New Mexico law, and remains an active consultant to the Legislative Council Service on constitutional matters and governmental ethics. In that regard he has served as legal counsel to a number of legislative committees and task forces, including service as legal counsel to the New Mexico's Constitutional Revision Commission which conducted a thoroughgoing two-year study leading to a December, 1995 Report on the need for state constitutional reform. Browde has also served as special counsel to the legislature on redistricting matters during the last four decennials.
Browde remains a participant in appellate Amicus Curiae work on behalf of the New Mexico Trial Lawyer's Association, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and continues to work extensively with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. He has authored countless amicus briefs on a range of issues involving the development of New Mexico law. In 2002, the staff at the law review recognized Browde's flair for legal writing by presenting him with its annual Excellence in Jurisprudence and Legal Writing Award. He shared the award with Professor Ted Occhialino, with whom Browde often teams in the writing of articles and appellate briefs. Both Browde and Occhialino always engaged interested students in the academic, governmental and amicus projects which they undertook.