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Justin R. Braga

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About Justin R. Braga

Justin solves complex legal issues using the writing and critical thinking skills he developed as a law clerk to two judges and an author of articles featured in law journals. Prior to joining Hicks Thomas, Justin clerked for the Honorable Drew B. Tipton, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and the Honorable Eliot D. Prescott, Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Justin earned his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019, where he served as a LL.M. Teaching Fellow and a research assistant for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Justin also gained valuable experience representing tenants in landlord-tenant disputes as a student attorney for Rising for Justice (formerly DC Law Students in Court Clinic).

During law school, Justin served as the Submissions Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, which published his note on court-packing. Justin has also co-authored two law journal articles with Professor Steven G. Calabresi.


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2019)
    • Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Submissions Editor
  • Brown University (A.B., magna cum laude, 2016)
    • Dual Concentration: Political Science and History
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Texas
  • All Texas Federal District Courts
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits

Honors & Distinctions

Judicial Clerkships
  • Honorable Drew B. Tipton, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2020-2021)
  • Honorable Eliot D. Prescott, Connecticut Appellate Court (2019-2020)

Professional Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar
  • Federalist Society
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • State Bar of Texas

Publications/Speaking Engagements


  • Steven G. Calabresi & Justin Braga, “Judge Robert H. Bork and Professor Bruce Ackerman: An Essay on The Tempting of America,” Ave Maria Law Review, Volume 13, Issue 1
  • Steven G. Calabresi & Justin Braga, “The Jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Response to Professor Bruce Allen Murphy and Professor Justin Driver,” New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, Volume 9, Issue 3
  • Justin Braga, "The Other 'Switch in Time': How the Opposition Changed the Debate Over the Court-Packing Plan and Won," Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Volume 17, Number 2