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Lynn S. Branham, J.D.

Visiting Professor of Law

Courses Taught

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Adjudication), Criminal Procedure (Investigation), Sentencing Law and Policy


Branham graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.  Having completed her Master of Science in Restorative Practices at the International Institute for Restorative Practices, she is now undertaking research on the integration of restorative justice and practices into criminal-justice systems and communities’ responses to crime.

Practice Areas

Branham’s expertise centers on correctional and sentencing law and policy.  She has provided training to federal judges and court staff about correctional law and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) at twenty-two workshops sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center. 

Publications and Media Placements

Branham’s many publications include casebooks on correctional and sentencing law and policy, numerous articles on these subjects, and a technical-assistance manual for courts, correctional officials, and attorneys general on pro se inmate litigation. 

SSRN Publications List

Professional Organizations and Associations

Branham has held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association, serving, for example, as a member of the Criminal Justice Section’s Council, Co-Executive Director of the Equal Justice Division, Chair and later Co-Chair of the Corrections Committee, Chair of the Prison Litigation Reform Act Task Force, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Effective Prison Oversight.  A member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections for sixteen years (fourteen as the ABA’s representative), she received the American Correctional Association’s Walter Dunbar Award for her efforts to improve the ACA accreditation process.