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Michael B. Browde

Michael Browde

Emeritus Professor of Law
A.B. 1965, Brown University
J.D. 1968, Georgetown University
Member of the District of Columbia and New Mexico Bars

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-5326
 Fax: 505-277-1597
 Office: 1117


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.

Courses Previously Taught

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Problems in Legal Ethics
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Constitutional Rights
  • Ethics
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • National Moot Court Competition
  • New Mexico Law Review
  • Reading & Applying Cases: A View from the Appellate Branch
  • State Constitutional Law
  • State Constitutional Law & History
  • Supreme Court Decision Making


Michael B. Browde, Gomez Redux: Procedural and Substantive Developments Twelve Years On40 N.M. L. Rev. 179 (Spring, 2010).

Gomez v. State and the Continuing Conversation over New Mexico's State Constitutional Rights Jurisprudence, 28 N.M. L. Rev. 387 (1998).

N.M. Const. Revision Commission Rep. (1995).

Substantial Evidence Reconsidered: The Post-Duke City Difficulties and Suggestions for Their Resolution, 18 N.M. L. Rev. 525 (1988).

Separation of Powers and The Judicial Rule-Making Power in New Mexico, 15 N.M. L. Rev. 407 (1985) (co-authored with M.E. Occhialino).

Survey of Administrative Law in New Mexico: 1983-1984, 15 N.M. L. Rev. 119 (1985) (co-authored with A. Schultz).

Funding and Delivery of Supportive Services to Children and Youth, Study, State of New Mexico, HED Technical Services Contract No. 70/665.61/17-09 (Jan. 7, 1982) (co-authored with others).

Survey of Administrative Law in New Mexico: 1980-1981, 12 N.M. L. Rev. 1 (1982).

State Taxation of Natural Resource Extraction and the Commerce Clause: Federalism's Modern Frontier, 60 Or. L. Rev. 7 (1981) (co-authored with C. DuMars).

Survey of Administrative Law in New Mexico: 1979-1980, 11 N.M. L. Rev. 1 (1981).

N.M. Water Resources Inst., Case Studies of Development of New Mexico Water Resources (1979) (co-principal investigator).

N.M. Energy Inst., Legal Issues in State Taxation of Energy Development (1979) (co-principal investigator).

N.M. Energy Inst. Rep. No. 77-1119A, Energy Development on Federal Lands in New Mexico: A Survey of Selected Federal Statutes (1978) (co-principal investigator).

N.M. Energy Inst. Rep. No. 77-1119, Catalogue of Federal Statutes Affecting Energy Development on Federal Land in New Mexico (1978) (co-principal investigator).

N.M. Energy Inst. Rep. No. 76-158, A Study of Lifeline as a Form of Low-Income Consumer Relief in the Context of Utility Rate-Making (1977) (co-principal investigator).

Mandamus in New Mexico, 4 N.M. L. Rev. 155 (1974) (co-authored with C. DuMars).

Book Reviews

Book Review, 37 Int'l & Comp. L. Q. 1038 (1988) (reviewing Leslie Zines, The High Court and the Constitution (1987)).