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I am an Oklahoma City-based attorney who practices primarily in the area of military law (through the Legal Support Project of the Center for Conscience in Action).

Besides my legal work, I also serve as the Minister of Peace and Justice of Joy Mennonite Church in Oklahoma City.



My Curriculum Vitae can be downloaded here in PDF format (last updated January 2014).


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.

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)

James M. Branum Attorney at Law - Representing Conscientious objectors and Defending War Resisters in Courts-Martial since 2006

Disclaimer: This website is designed to provide general information for clients and those visiting 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.

Important notice for members of the military: It is illegal for me as an attorney to advise anyone to break the law, even if following the law might violate one's conscience. Please understand that it is against the law for a member of the military to leave their unit without lawful reason (aka "going AWOL or UA"). It is also against the law to refuse to obey a lawful order to deploy.