Lynne H. Rambo

Professor of Law

Lynne H. Rambo

“We are at our best when we honor those rights that should not be subject to majority rule, the rights that make us truly free.”

Get to Know Lynne H. Rambo

What drew you to the law?

Originally — and by “originally,” I mean as a 15-year-old — it was a matter of personal ambition. I wanted to be the first woman elected United States senator from Georgia. And representatives needed to have legal training. So the law was just a vehicle for that political ambition. But my young thinking evolved, in no small measure because I lived in the de facto segregated South, and I became more concerned with the law’s ideal of justice. That led me to practice criminal and employment discrimination law, to pro bono capital defense work and, ultimately, to teaching.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The moments when I can see students reconsidering long-held positions. I’m sure a lot of rethinking happens beyond my view, but there are occasions on which I am talking with a student about the principles and I can see her realize that her position won’t hold. That’s when I know we are all growing.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

The doctrine involved is only the floor. At a minimum, I want my students to know the rules and the issues involved in the course, and I want them to be able to attack all of the legal materials associated with constitutional law or evidence with confidence. But on a larger level, I want them to emerge more articulate, more open-minded and more reasonable.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

Legal Experience

  • Paul Hastings, Atlanta, Georgia
    Employment litigation senior associate (1995-1997)
  • Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta, Georgia
    Litigation associate (October 1988-February 1995)
  • The Honorable Thomas A. Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Atlanta, Georgia
    Law clerk (August 1987-August 1988)

What are you passionate about outside of the law?
Naturally, my three sons. Softball. I started a team here with students, staff and faculty playing together. Soul music. The Atlanta Braves. Dancing. New York Times crossword puzzles.

What are your research interests?
Right now my focus is on the first amendment and the judiciary. Until recently, we have had judicial codes of conduct imposing professionalism on our judges, but those who favor a political judiciary are systematically challenging the codes under the first amendment. At the same time, we’ve seen an upswing of social media use by members of the judiciary. I’m exploring where our first amendment jurisprudence should go with respect to these issues.


Link to my publications.


  • “Same-Sex Marriage, Constitutional Rights and Human Freedom,” Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium, Austin College, Sherman, Texas (Feb. 21, 2014)
  • “How Diversity Fared in the Court’s October 2012 Term,” Texas Minority Counsel Program Conference, Las Colinas, Texas (Nov. 8, 2013)
  • “The Practical and Philosophical Ramifications of the Windsor Decision,” Tarrant County Bar Association Women’s Law Section (Oct. 2, 2013)
  • “Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms,” J.L. Turner Legal Society, Dallas, Texas Aug. 29, 2013)
  • “The Use of Social Network Evidence at Trial,” Tarrant County Court Coordinators Association, Tarrant County Bar Association (Feb. 28, 2013)
  • “Evidence in the Age of Social Networks,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Tarrant County Courthouse (Nov. 3, 2011)
  • “Judicial Activism: A New Form of Bias?” Women Attorneys’ Section, Tarrant County Bar Association (March 4, 2011)


  • The First Amendment as applied to judges
  • Equal protection and affirmative action
  • Federal legislative and executive power
  • Federal trials and evidence


  • Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • First Amendment Law
  • Supreme Court Seminar

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (1997-2013)


  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude
  • B.A., in Urban Studies, Barnard College of Columbia University, magna cum laude

Awards / Honors

  • Graduated Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-Chief, Georgia Law Review
  • Shirley Zabel Distinguished Professor (2004)
  • Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Scholarship (2002)
  • Outstanding Upper-Division Professor (2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)