Emeritus Professor of Law
A.B. 1965, Brown University
J.D. 1968, Georgetown University
Member of the District of Columbia and New Mexico Bars
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 teaches primarily in the area of Constitutional law. He is a mainstay in the basic Introductory Constitutional Law course, and also teaches State Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law as well as a Seminar on Supreme Court Decisionmaking. Browde also teaches Advocacy, Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Professional Responsibility and Appellate Practice. He also serves as faculty adviser to the New Mexico Law Review.
Browde has written widely on a number of areas of New Mexico law, and has been 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 three decennials.
Browde is an active participant in appellate Amicus Curiae work on behalf of the New Mexico Trial Lawyer's Association, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and others, authoring 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 seek to engage interested students in the academic, governmental and amicus projects which they undertake.