J. Richard Broughton is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law (with tenure) at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit. He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law. His scholarship focuses on federal criminal law and issues at the intersection of law and American politics.
From 2005 to 2008, he served as an attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised senior Justice Department leaders on legal issues related to capital punishment and federal criminal law. He also represented the United States in federal capital prosecutions, appeals, and post-conviction litigation.
He previously served on the law school faculties at Wayne State, Stetson, and Texas Wesleyan (now Texas A&M), and was a Lecturer in Government at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught graduate courses on the separation of powers, criminal and constitutional law, and the death penalty.
He also is a former Assistant Attorney General of Texas, a former law clerk to the chief judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and a former law clerk to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Professor Broughton has published scholarship in numerous law reviews and journals around the country, and regularly appears as a legal expert in the television and print media.
He holds an LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown; a J.D. cum laude from the Delaware Law School (Widener), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law; and a B.A. cum laude and with honors in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College.