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M.F.A., Creative Writing – Fiction, University of New Orleans, 2017

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2010

B.S., Journalism, West Virginia University, 2007



Professor Brandon Stump joined the CSU College of Law in fall 2020, teaching legal writing. Before coming to CSU, Stump taught at his alma mater, the WVU College of Law, as a Visiting Teaching Associate Professor of Legal Writing. Stump also served as the co-advisor to OUTLaw, the College of law's LGBTQ advocacy organization. Before visiting WVU, Stump taught legal writing as an adjunct for Duquesne University College of Law for three years.

Stump began his legal career in Detroit, Michigan, where he worked as a civil rights attorney representing victims of police brutality with Goodman & Hurwitz and later as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals. After five years of practice, following a lifelong interest in literature, art and writing, Stump returned to school to earn an MFA in creative writing – fiction from the University of New Orleans (UNO). As part of his creative writing residencies, Stump studied literature and participated in writers' workshops in Cork, Ireland, for two summers exploring the country for inspiration. In December 2017, Stump completed his graduate thesis, "The Palimpsest Boys," and graduated from UNO.

Stump appears to be the first openly Autistic law professor to ever publish a law review article: "Allowing Autistic Academics the Freedom to Be Autistic: The ADA and a Neurodiverse Future in Pennsylvania and beyond," 57 Duq. L. Rev. 92 (2019). One of Stump's primary goals is to change the understanding of diversity in higher education to include disability and to add intersectional disabled perspectives to the canon. In his classroom he incorporates literature, theater and critical theory to teach legal writing.