Lauren Harrell Brennan

Lecturing Fellow


Ms. Brennan currently holds the position of research and writing attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh. In this position she serves appointed counsel for indigent defendants accused of federal crimes occurring in the Eastern District of North Carolina. She is a key member of the defense team in United States v. Comstock for which oral argument before the United States Supreme Court will be held during the October 2009 term. Ms. Brennan’s advocacy in the courtroom and negotiation with opposing counsel has resulted in numerous dismissals, pleas to lesser offenses, favorable sentencing outcomes, and suppression of critical evidence. Prior to entering the legal profession in 2007, she was an account executive for French West Vaughn, one of the nation’s largest independent public relations agencies, dealing with public relations, public affairs and brand communication. She managed top-tier accounts including Wrangler, VF Corporation, and The Brick Association of the Carolinas. Ms. Brennan earned her juris doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law, evening program, in 2007, and her BA in communication from North Carolina State University in 2001. Ms. Brennan is admitted to practice before North Carolina state courts and the Eastern District of North Carolina. She is also member of the triangle community board of Summit House, a program that offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent female felons who are pregnant or have young children. Her most recent publication is “An Update on Blakely’s Retroactive Application” NCPLS Access, Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2005.