Dru Brenner-Beck

Assistant Professor of Law

B.S.F.S., Georgetown University

J.D., Boston University School of Law

LL.M., The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Military Law
  • National Security Law



Office: 736

Dru Brenner-Beck joined the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2022 as an assistant professor teaching Evidence and  Criminal Law.  Before joining the faculty, Professor Brenner-Beck served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army. After retirement from the military, she clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, later serving as his career clerk. Professor Brenner-Beck earned her law degree summa cum laude from Boston University’s School of Law and her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  Her scholarly interests are varied, ranging from military law and national security law, to constitutional law, and racial equity in criminal justice.

 Racial Inequities in Military Justice: Déjà vu, All Over, and Over, Again, 61 S. TEX. L. REV. 535 (2022) (with John A. Haymond). 

Military Justice in UNDERSTANDING THE US MILITARY (William Hickman and Katherine Carroll eds., Routledge, 2022), with Michael A. Newton. 

The 1917 Houston Incident: Racism, Military Law, and a Crisis of National Security in the First World War, 1 UVU J. INT’L SEC. & STRATEGIC STUD. 25–62 (2021), describing the three courts-martial that followed the Houston “Mutiny” and its effects on US national security, with John Haymond. 

Eighteen Years of Detention at Guantánamo Bay: compliance with international law or the specter of tyranny?, 35 AMERICAN UNIV. INT’L L. REV. 671 (2020). 

“Going Dark”: Encryption, Privacy, Liberty, and Security in the “Golden Age of Surveillance, in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF SURVEILLANCE LAW, (David Gray & Stephen Henderson eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017), with Prof. Geoffrey Corn. Dru A. Brenner-Beck 2 

Viewing Treaties through a Military Lens, in SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND? DEBATING THE CONTEMPORARY EFFECTS OF TREATIES WITHIN THE US LEGAL SYSTEM (Gregory Fox, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2017) with Prof. Geoffrey Corn. 

Trial and Punishment for Battlefield Misconduct, in WAR ON TERROR AND THE LAWS OF WAR: A MILITARY PERSPECTIVE, (revised chapter) (2nd Edition) (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

War Crimes Trials at Guantánamo Bay: Key Developments in 2014, THE WAR REPORT: ARMED CONFLICT IN 2014, (A. Bellal, ed., Oxford University Press, 2015). 

Viewing Treaties through a Military Lens: A Struggle for Equilibrium, with Prof. Geoffrey Corn, 38 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 547 (2015). 

Federalism and the Treaty Power: Breaking the “Bond(s)” Between Nations: The Treaty Power and Status of Forces Agreements, 5 AM. U. NAT’L SEC. L. BRIEF 1 (2014). 

Keeping the Special Needs Exception Truly Special: Why a Comprehensive Approach to Evidence Admissibility is Needed in Response to the Expansion of Suspicionless Intrusions, 56 S. TEX. L. REV. 1 (2014). 

Guidelines and Sentence Disparity & Challenges of Sentencing Data in the Military, 27 FED. SENT’G REP. 108 2014). 

Guest Editor’s Observations: Different Perspectives on a Different Form of Federal Sentencing, 27 FED. SENT’G REP. 63 (2014). Served as guest editor for the two editions of the Federal Sentencing Report addressing military sentencing. 

“Shrinking” the Right to Everyman’s Evidence: Jaffee in the Military, 45 A.F.L. REV. 201 (1998). 

Do As I Say, Not As I Did, An Examination of Intellectual Property Protection in the Third World, 11 UCLA PAC. BASIN L. J. 84 (1992). Won 1991 Boston Patent Law Association Writing Award. 

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