Browne, Michael

Michael Browne

Adjunct Faculty, Director of Office of Police Conduct Review


Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
350 S 5th Street, #239
Minneapolis MN 55415

J.D. Hamline Law School
B.A. University of Minnesota-Duluth

Mr. Browne works for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights as the Director of the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR). The OPCR receives, mediates and investigates complaints of police misconduct and serves as the City’s civilian oversight program to the Minneapolis Police Department.  Mr. Browne’s history with the department includes previous appointments as the Assistant Director of Civil Rights (Complaint Investigations), Director of Outreach and Enforcement and Interim Director of Civil Rights. He also authored several notable works, including evaluations of the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority in 2006 and the City’s Civil Rights complaint process. He was recognized by the Minneapolis City Council for his contributions to the department during its transition as the Interim Director; received the Minneapolis Commission of Civil Rights’ outstanding service and dedication award; and was awarded Hamline University, School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Previously Mr. Browne held the appointed position of Legal Affairs Manager at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, with the primary responsibility for coordinating appeals, conciliations, settlements and other legal matters. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Browne focused on civil rights, criminal and employment law. From 2002 to 2003 he was a Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany, with a focus on police misconduct and comparative criminal law, and earned a Certificate from the Human Rights Institute/Faculty of Law at the University of Madrid and Helsinki España.   Additionally, he earned a Certificate in Strategic Management from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is an active member of Toastmasters International.  Mr. Browne has served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law since 2007.


Courses Taught

Number Title Credits
933 Mentor Externship II 0

Areas of Academic Expertise:

Civil Rights

Faculty & Staff