Professor Traum joined the Boyd School of Law in 2008 after a distinguished career as public service litigator. Her research focuses on criminal adjudication and sentencing, immigration, and habeas corpus. She teaches Federal Courts, Criminal Procedure Investigation, Criminal Procedure Adjudication, and directs the Appellate Clinic, which she founded in 2009. Her articles have been published in Maryland Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Florida Law Review (forthcoming 2014).
After law school, Professor Traum clerked for Judge Stanwood R. Duval in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She then joined the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. From 2000 to 2002 she served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas where she represented federal agencies in litigation involving federal lands, natural resources, and federal tort claims. From 2002 to 2008, Professor Traum was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Las Vegas, representing indigent criminal defendants and federal habeas petitioners. She has argued more than 30 cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Appellate Clinic represents individuals in civil and criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Nevada Supreme Court. In its inaugural year the Appellate Clinic won a landmark case, Dent v. Holder, 627 F.3d 365 (9th Cir. 2010), which established that persons in removal proceedings have a right to a copy of their alien file. This complex immigration case was briefed and orally argued to the three-judge panel by third-year law students under Professor Traum’s supervision.
Professor Traum was appointed in 2013 to serve as a Lawyer Representative for the District of Nevada. She also serves on Nevada’s Access to Justice Committee and is chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the state bar’s Appellate Section. From 2009 to 2011, Professor Traum served as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and chaired its Pro Bono Subcommittee.
- Habeas Corpus
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Appellate Law
- Federal Courts