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J. Richard Broughton

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 E Jefferson Ave Room 219
Detroit, Michigan 48226-4386
Phone: (313) 596-9845
Fax: (313) 596-0280
Executive Committee Member
Practice areas: Criminal Law

J. Richard Broughton is associate dean for academic affairs and an associate professor of law, teaching in the areas of criminal law, federal crimes, constitutional law, and constitutional criminal procedure. He has also served on the law school faculties at Wayne State University, Stetson University, and Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M) and as a lecturer in government at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Broughton previously served in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., where, in the Capital Case Unit, he handled cases involving violent crimes related to gang activity, drug trafficking, organized crime, and racketeering. He advised DOJ leaders and federal prosecutors on federal death penalty matters, assisted with federal crime legislation and congressional oversight, and represented the United States in federal capital litigation. Professor Broughton also previously served as assistant attorney general of Texas for capital litigation, as a law clerk to the chief judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and as a law clerk for the House Judiciary Committee during the 106th Congress. He has won multiple teaching and service awards, appears in the national and local media as a legal expert, and has published scholarship in journals throughout the country. Professor Broughton's writing, speaking, and research focus upon issues in federal criminal law and at the intersection of law and American politics.