Anne Traum

Anne Traum

Director of the Appellate Clinic

Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Sentencing, Habeas Corpus, Criminal Law and Procedure, Appellate Law, Federal Courts


Professor Traum is a recognized leader in promoting access to justice. She joined the Boyd School of Law in 2008 after a distinguished career as a public service litigator. Most recently, from 2015 to 2016, while on leave from teaching, she served as Special Counsel in the Office for Access to Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Traum served as Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education from 2013 to 2015.  In April 2016, President Obama nominated Professor Traum to be a Federal District Court Judge in the District of Nevada, but the Senate did not act on the nomination before the end of the 114th Congress.

Professor Traum teaches Federal Courts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Investigation, Criminal Procedure Adjudication, and directs the Appellate Clinic, which she founded in 2009.  Her articles on topics ranging from federal sentencing to immigration and constitutional law have been published in Maryland Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Howard Law Journal, and Florida Law Review.

Professor Traum began her law career as a law clerk to Judge Stanwood R. Duval in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She served as a federal litigator in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and, later, 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 represented indigent criminal defendants and federal habeas petitioners as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Las Vegas. She has argued more than 30 cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Upon joining the law faculty, Professor Traum founded the Appellate Clinic, which represents individuals in civil and criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Nevada Supreme Court. Among the clinic’s notable student achievements under Professor Traum’s leadership was a landmark victory in 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.

Professor Traum’s contributions to the legal community include presently serving on Nevada’s Access to Justice Committee and the Pro-Se Litigation Committee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She also co-chairs the Pro Bono Committee for the state bar’s Appellate Litigation Section. In the past she has served as a Lawyer Representative for the District of Nevada, and an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in which capacity she chaired the Appellate Lawyers’ Pro Bono Committee. 

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