I wear many hats in life…
Center for Conscience in Action (formerly known as the Oklahoma Center for Conscience), Legal Director (2006-date)
Solo Law Practice (2006-date) primarily focused on civilian practice before US military courts-martial, administrative boards, and appellate courts
Oklahoma City University School of Law, December 2005
Austin Graduate School of Theology (then known as the Institute for Christian Studies), May 2000
James M. Branum
PO Box 721016
Oklahoma City, OK 73172
From 2006-2013 I operated a solo law practice, working in the areas of military law (nation-wide) as well as civilian law in Oklahoma. (My c.v. can be found here.)
At this time I am not taking new cases with the exception of select military law matters related to conscientious objection and war resistance through my work with the Legal Support Project of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience in Action.
If you are looking for an attorney for another matter in Oklahoma, I encourage you to contact one of the following folks (these are all friends or family, but I also think they do good work.):
If you are looking for a lawyer for a case outside of Oklahoma, I recommend consulting the directory of the National Lawyers Guild.
General Disclaimers: This website is designed to provide general information those browsing this website and should not be construed as legal advice, or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.
Any reference on this website to results obtained in a particular matter does not infer the probability of success for any prospective client in regard to any particular case, as each case stands on it own merits.
For more information on my occasional work as pedicab driver in Oklahoma City, please visit OKCPedicab.com.
CLE Trainings for Attorneys
I can provide CLE (continuing legal education) training for your local bar assocication or advocacy group. These trainings can be adapted to your local needs but most often serve as an introduction to military law for civilian attorneys who want to assist military servicemembers in their area. My past presentations have been approved for credit by the state bars of Oklahoma, Texas, California, Washington, Alaska and New Mexico.
GI Rights Counselor Trainings
These trainings normally run over a weekend and serve as an introductory training for new GI Rights paralegal counselors. I can do these trainings on my own or with other trainers from the Military Law Task Force.
GI Advocate Trainings
These trainings are much shorter (typically 3-4 hours) and serve as introduction for peace/veterans’ rights activists on the various resources that are available to assist Servicemembers in need.
I am willing to travel just about anywhere to do a training, but it is important to get me on your schedule far in advance. I normally charge $250-500 per day plus expenses, but these rates can be reduced under special circumstances.
If you are interested in me doing a training in your area, please contact me.
Past trainings have included:
CLE Trainings for Attorneys
GI Rights Counselor and Advocate Trainings
Other educational presentations
Some of my hobbies include:
I am a world-wide collector, focusing mostly on low-cost used stamps (I love knowing that a stamp was actually used to carry mail in some exotic locale). Countries where I have the most stamps include: USA, Canada, Cuba, USSR/Russia, Germany, UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
I am a proud member of the American Philatelic Society
I take lots and lots of pictures, mostly of interesting things I see in Oklahoma and on my travels. I also take lots of pictures of my family, church, and the local activist community.
Read my blog: JMBzine.com (written since 1999)
Check back for pictures from this year’s garden
Favorite cuisines to cook are Barbeque, Cajun/creole, Soul food, Tex-mex and Mexican
I also love hole-in-the wall restaurants in both small towns and in out-of-the-spotlight urban neighborhoods. In the future I will be writing some reviews of these establishments at Urbanspoon.com.
Our family currently has 3 dogs: Gitli (a happy-go-lucky wire-haired doxie); Otis (a one-eyed pug) and Maxwell (a grumpy chihuahua).
Postal Mail: James M. Branum, PO Box 721016, Oklahoma City, OK 73172
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidential Email: Due to the recent news regarding widespread spying by the NSA on email, I am transitioning away from using web-based email services for confidential/client emails. While there are no guarantees of privacy online, I do accept PGP-encrypted emails sent to my alternate email address of email@example.com.
If you are unfamiliar with PGP, the most user-friendly program to run it is GPG4win. You also may want to read the wikipedia article on PGP to understand better how it works.
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