Stephen Braga

  • Professor of Law, General Faculty
  • Director, Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • Director of Clinical Programs

Stephen L. Braga is director of the Law School's Appellate Litigation Clinic, which enables law students to file briefs and argue cases on behalf of real clients before appeals courts.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2013, Braga represented clients in criminal and civil matters before trial and appellate courts across the country for more than three decades. His career successes include securing the release of two men who had spent decades in prison for wrongful murder convictions, Marty Tankleff, who was exonerated on appeal, and Damien Echols — one of the "West Memphis Three" — who was on death row.

Previously, Braga taught a variety of short courses at the Law School, including The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Innocence Cases: The West Memphis Three, White Collar Topic: Cover-Up Crimes and Innocence Cases: How Much is Enough? He has also taught Professional Responsibility, Evidence and Civil Litigation as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center since 1993.

After 31 years in D.C. law firms large and small, Braga recently opened his own law office in Northern Virginia. His practice specializes in white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and appellate work. He is presently a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is applying for membership in the Virginia Bar.


  • J.D.
    Georgetown University
  • B.A.
    Fairfield University

Holloman v. Markowski: An Opportunity for Further Reflection on Police Encounters with People in Mental Health Crisis,” 36 Dev. Mental Health L. 1 (2017).
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"'It's Not The Crime, It's The Cover-Up!' Defending The Classic Inside-The-Beltway Prosecution: Lessons Learned from the Case of United States v. Michael K. Deaver,"Inside The Minds -White Collar Case Strategies (Aspastore, 2009).

"'Of All Liars, The Smoothest and Most Convincing Is Memory'": A Critique of the Application of the Recalcitrant Witness Statute to the Nonrecalling Witness," 22 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1 (1984).

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