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Brandon Stump

WVU Law Brandon Stump

Visiting Teaching Associate Professor

Education

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Fiction University of New Orleans Graduation: December 2017
  • Juris Doctorate West Virginia University College of Law Graduation: May 2010
  • Bachelor of Science, Journalism West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
  • Biography

      Brandon Stump is a Visiting Teaching Associate Professor of Legal Writing at the WVU College of Law where he teaches two sections of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (LARW). Prof. Stump appears to be the first openly Autistic law professor to ever publish a law review article. One of Prof. Stump's primary goals is to change the understanding of diversity in higher education to include disability and to add disabled perspectives to the canon. Prof. Stump serves as co-advisor to OUTLaw, the College of Law's LGBTQ advocacy organization. Before teaching at WVU, Prof. Stump taught as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh for three years.

      Prof. Stump, a WVU COL alum, served as Editor-in-Chief of the West Virginia Law Review, Volume 112, and he began his legal career in Detroit, Michigan, where he worked as a plaintiff's civil rights attorney representing clients who were victims of police and prison-guard brutality. Prof. Stump's legal practice also focused on governmental violations of the Michigan and federal constitutions. Prof. Stump also worked for the Michigan Court of Appeals as a Research Attorney, reviewing appellate court cases and providing panels with his legal opinions about the appropriate outcomes in cases. Much of Prof. Stump's appellate work involved review of criminal claims. In 2017, Prof. Stump completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing -- Fiction through the University of New Orleans. As part of his creative writing workshop, Prof. Stump studied in Cork, Ireland for two summers, drawing inspiration in his fiction and poetry from the country. Given his background in the arts, including theater, Prof. Stump believes that all legal education must be intersectional in order to fully educate students.

      Currently, Prof. Stump teaches full time in the WVU COL's Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing program while concurrently pursuing his research interests. In October 2019, at the LatCrit Biennial Conference 2019 at Georgia State University, Prof. Stump will present his forthcoming paper on the feminization of legal writing as a pedagogy and how legal writing professors can advance the importance of legal writing skills and pedagogy by relying on the historically feminized and devalued aspects of the academy. Prof. Stump is also currently researching and writing an article on the way neurological differences in processing information, stimuli, and language impact Autistic criminal defendants/suspects during interviews and interrogation.

    Publications

      FORTHCOMING: Literal and Literary Subjugation: A Path Toward Power for those in Legal Writing's Pink Ghetto, forthcoming paper presentation, LatCrit Biennial Conference, Georgia State University (October 2019)

      PUBLISHED: Allowing Autistic Academics the Freedom to Be Autistic: The ADA and a Neurodiverse Future in Pennsylvania and Beyond, 57 DUQ. L. REV. 92 (2019)

      Note, From Reconstruction to Obama: Understanding Black Invisibility, Racism in Appalachia, and the Legal Community’s Responsibility to Promote a Dialogue on Race at the WVU College of Law, 112 W. VA. L. REV. 1095 (2010)

      Teaching Experience

      • Visiting Teaching Associate Professor, WVU College of Law (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
      • Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, Duquesne University School of Law (Fall 2016-Spring 2019)

      Professional Background

      • Research Attorney, Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit, MI, (2012-2015)
      • Associate Attorney, Goodman & Hurwitz, P.C., Detroit, MI, (2010-2012)
      • Summer Law Clerk, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., (Summer 2009)
      • Summer Associate, Legal Aid of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, (Summer 2008)
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