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Michael Browne

Adjunct Faculty, Hennepin County Judge
J.D. Hamline Law School
B.A. University of Minnesota-Duluth
Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

Judge Browne received his judicial appointment to the Fourth Judicial District of Hennepin County on September 4, 2015. Previously, he worked for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights as the Director of the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR). Judge Browne’s history with the department includs 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. Judge Browne 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.

Judge Browne previously 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, he 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. Judge Browne is an active member of Toastmasters International.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law since 2007.



Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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LAWS 933 - 10 Mentor Externship II See Details * *

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1 Credit Hours


Michael K. Browne

Each year of law study, students are paired with respected lawyers and judges in the community. Mentors introduce students to a wide range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for a successful career. Second and third year students participate in an academic credit pro- gram that combines fieldwork with a contemporaneous seminar component. The seminar fosters the habit and skill of reflective lawyering and draws upon student/ mentor experiences to examine the law school's mission in a practical setting. Class topics are designed to bridge the gap between student learning and life as a lawyer. Each student is given the opportunity to individualize learning goals specific to his or her unique path of professional development.

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MSL 4481230-132516 Feb '18
MSL 4481230-132523 Mar '18

Summer 2018 Courses

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Fall 2018 Courses

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