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Franklin Bynum

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Member, Bynum Law Office PLLC

staff@bynumlaw.net

+1 713 529-3476

Licensed to practice in Texas, New York, and New Jersey

Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Biography

Franklin Bynum was raised in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to New York City, where he investigated complaints against police officers for the city’s independent Civilian Complaint Review Board. He attended law school at the University of Southern California, and returned to Texas to practice criminal defense.

He set aside a successful private practice to help build the new Harris County Public Defender’s Office in 2011. There, he developed a nation-leading program for the delivery of specific immigration advice to poor immigrants who could not afford immigration counsel. He trained defense lawyers, judges, and prosecutors about immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In addition to those duties, he handled serious matters at trial and on appeal, including murder, sexual assault, and aggravated assault. After completing his work at the public defender, he returned to private practice. He has never been a prosecutor.

Recognition

  • Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo Rated 10.0, “Superb”
  • Member of the Year, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 2011
  • Presidents Award, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2012

Affiliations

  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Published work

  • “Dealing with Immigration Detainers” The Defender, Fall 2010
  • “Pre-Trial Motions” Training Your Defense Team to Win, 2014

Education

  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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A student of the law, and a teacher

Franklin is a frequent and popular speaker at professional seminars across Texas. He has spoken, about pre-trial motions in criminal cases, use of technology to tell a story, and immigration law issues in criminal cases.

He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches Advanced Legal Writing.

Watch: Franklin teaches pre-trial motion practice

Cutting-edge techniques

Franklin is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, and has regularly returned to the Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming to practice and learn with the best trial lawyers in the country.

Only a small number of lawyers nationwide have made the commitment to live in isolation at the ranch for four weeks mastering this method.

The “TLC method” of practice involves working personally with the client and witnesses to prepare for a case by acting out the events at issue and other events that will illuminate the emotional truth of a case. Armed with that truth, we go into the courtroom ready to present our case in a compelling, true manner. The methods are unconventional and very effective.Franklin is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, and he regularly returns to the Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming to practice and learn with the best trial lawyers in the country.

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Using Free Software to Free People

Franklin has provided devoted support to free software and internet freedom for over a decade. He was immigration counsel for the 2010 Debian Conference, held in New York. He develops Nodoc, a GPL-licensed document generation system for law firms using LaTeX.

He also, through the law firm, operates Tor relays to support the human right to free expression, and also to better understand (and improve) the entire internet. Currently the law firm operates three Tor relays.

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