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My Curriculum Vitae can be downloaded in PDF format.


Mennonite Minister

I currently serve as the Minister of Peace and Justice at Joy Mennonite Church in Oklahoma City.

I am also a half-time student (in the hybrid online MDiv program) at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

Lastly, I edit/publish The Mennonite Worker of Oklahoma City Newspaper.


Activist Attorney

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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. which includes information on some of my past cases 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 Center for Conscience in Action.

The Legal Support Project of the Center for Conscience in Action provides free educational materials and information for servicemembers from all branches of the military who are struggling with issues of conscience. We also provide low and no-cost legal assistance to CO applicants stationed world-wide under the provisions of DOD 1300.6 Sec.

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.):

For personal injury, social security disability or whistleblower cases, I recommend my brother John Branum of The Branum Law Firm in Oklahoma City

For bankruptcy, I recommend my father, James R. Branum of Branum Law Offices in Newcastle

For criminal defense, I recommend Doug Parr of Oklahoma City

For family law and LGBT law, I recommend Rhonda Telford Naidu of Oklahoma City

For immigration, I recommend Rex Friend of Oklahoma City

If you are looking for a lawyer for a case outside of Oklahoma, I recommend consulting the directory of the National Lawyers Guild.

General Disclaimer: This section of my 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. It 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.



Periodically I conduct continuing education trainings sessions for attorneys and paralegal counselors with the GI Rights Network.

CLE Trainings for Attorneys

I can provide CLE (continuing legal education) training for your local bar association 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 normally charge $250-500 per day plus travel 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

  • CLE “Representing soldiers who can no longer serve” in Anchorage, Alaska – taught with Peggy Herman and Margaret Stock (October 2008)
  • CLE “Representing soldiers who can no longer serve” in Fairbanks, Alaska – taught with Peggy Herman and Margaret Stock (October 2008)
  • Participated in two CLE panels at the NLG National Convention in Seattle (2009)
  • CLE “Doing your first court-martial” at the Texoma Regional Convention in Killeen, Texas (2009)
  • CLE session “Doing Justice: Representing Unpopular Clients” at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston (2011)
  • CLE session “Army AWOL Defense” at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (2011)

GI Rights Counselor and Advocate Trainings

  • Introductory G.I. Rights Counselor training in Oklahoma City, OK (with Luke & Marti Hiken)
  • Introductory G.I. Rights Counselor training in Manhattan, KS (with Luke & Marti Hiken)
  • G.I. Rights Advocate training in Colorado Springs, CO
  • G.I. Rights counselor training on AWOL policies at the GI rights Network conference in Atlanta, GA (2009)
  • G.I. Rights counselor training on AWOL policies at the GI rights Network conference in San Francisco, CA (2010)
  • G.I. Rights counselor training on AWOL policies at Under the Hood outreach center, Killeen, TX
  • Advanced G.I. Rights counselor training for the Flint Hills GI Rights Hotline in Manhattan, KS (2011)
  • G.I. Rights counselor training on AWOL policies at the GI rights Network conference in Fayetteville, AR (2012)

Other educational presentations

  • Presentation on civilian practice before military courts at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville (2010)
  • Co-presented “How Does One’s World View and Faith Affect Career Choices?” at Oklahoma City University School of Law (2010)
  • Presentation to the Bankruptcy Section of the Oklahoma County Bar Association (2012)


I am the author of two books which can be purchased online in both print and ebook formats:

(book cover) US Army AWOL Defense: A practice guide and formbook by James M. Branum (book cover) The History and Function of Property Exemptions in Oklahoma Law by James M. Branum

I have also written articles for The Oklahoma Revelator and On Watch.


Pedicab Driver

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Web Developer

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Past jobs

I have worked a lot of interesting jobs in my life. In the future I may tell some of the more interesting stories about these experiences on this website.


Unless otherwise noted all materials on this website are (2) 2014 James M. Branum.