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Michael Browde

Professor Emeritus


  • A.B. 1965, Brown University
  • J.D. 1968, Georgetown University
  • Member of the District of Columbia Bar
  • Member of New Mexico Bar

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.


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



Gomez Redux: Procedural and Substantive Developments Twelve Years On, 40 N.M. L. REV. 179 (Spring 2010).
Available at: UNM-DR

Suits Against the States: The Changing Law of Immunities, 31 N.M. L. REV. 149 (2001).
Available at: UNM-DR

State v. Gomez and the Continuing Conversation over New Mexico's State Constitutional Rights Jurisprudence, 28 N.M. L. REV. 387 (1998).
Available at: UNM-DR

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

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).
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Survey of Administrative Law in New Mexico: 1983-1984, 15 N.M. L. REV. 119 (1985) (co-authored with A. Schultz).
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Survey of Administrative Law in New Mexico: 1980-1981, 12 N.M. L. REV. 1 (1982).
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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).
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Survey of Administrative Law in New Mexico: 1979-1980, 11 N.M. L. REV. 1 (1981).
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Mandamus in New Mexico, 4 N.M. L. REV. 155 (1974) (co-authored with C. DuMars).
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Funding and Delivery of Supportive Services to Children and Youth, Study, State of New Mexico (HED Technical Services No. 70/665.61/17-09, January 7, 1982).

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

Legal Issues in State Taxation of Energy Development (New Mexico Energy Institute, 1979) (co-principal investigator).

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

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

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

Book Reviews

Leslie Zines' The High Court and the Constitution (1987), 37 INT'L & COMP. L. Q. 1038 (1988).

The 1978 Supreme Court Law Review, 10 N.M. L. REV. 229 (1980).
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Brief for The American Association on Mental Retardation et al. as Amicus Curiae, Clark v. Arizona; Supreme Court of The United States (2006) (No. 05-5966)  (co-counsel with Norman C. Bay, Carol M. Suzuki, Steven K. Homer & James Ellis). 

Brief for The American Association on Mental Retardation et al. as Amicus Curiae, United States v. Georgia; Supreme Court of The United States (2006) (Nos. 04-1203 & 04-1236)  (co-counsel with Carol M. Suzuki, April Land, Steven K. Homer & James Ellis).

Brief for The American Association on Mental Retardation et al. as Amici Curiae, Ernest Paul McCarver v. State of North Carolina; The Supreme Court of North Carolina (2001) (No. 00-8727).
Available at: UNM-DR