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Susan L. Brooks

Professor of Law

Susan Brooks


Office: School of Law, Room 333
Phone: 215.571.4784

Administrative Support:
Donna Duggan
Phone: 215.571.4801


Susan L. Brooks is a pioneer in the emerging field of therapeutic jurisprudence. She is also an expert on experiential learning, family law and children’s rights.

A widely published scholar on clinical legal education, Professor Brooks is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences that focus on experiential learning in legal education.

Professor Brooks co-edited the third edition of “Learning from Practice,” and the second edition of "Clinical Anthology: Readings for Live-Client Clinics." Her article, “Using a Communication Perspective to Teach Relational Lawyering,” appeared in the Nevada Law Journal. She co-authored, with Professor Rachel López, “Designing a Clinic Model for a Restorative Community Justice Partnership,” in the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, and “Epistemology and Ethics in Relationship-Centered Legal Education and Practice,” (with Robert Madden), in the New York Law School Law Review. She co-edited "Relationship-Centered Lawyering: Social Science Theory for Transforming Legal Practice" with R.G. Madden in 2009. Her scholarly publications also include “ Trying Differently: A Relationship-Centered Approach to Representing Clients with Cognitive Challenges,” (with David M. Boulding) in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry and “Representing Children in Families” in the Nevada Law Journal.

In 2016, she organized “Beloved Community: the Second Annual Conference of the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law & Politics.”

Professor Brooks came to the law school from the faculty of the Vanderbilt University Law School. She was a co-founder of the Tennessee Relative Caregiver Coalition and the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators and served as lead investigator for Tennessee’s Court Improvement Program and as a principal investigator on an Immigrant Community Assessment sponsored by Metropolitan Nashville.

After clerking for the Hon. Bernard A. Friedman of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, she practiced with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago.

She was a case worker for Jewish Family and Community Service in Chicago before earning her JD at New York University School of Law, where she was note and comment editor for the New York University Law Review and received the Judge Aileen Haas Schwartz Award for outstanding work in the field of children and the law.

Professor Brooks is a member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education.


JD, New York University School of Law
MA, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
BA, with honors, University of Chicago


Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Publications (bepress, SSRN)


  • Civil Litigation Clinic
  • Communicating for Success
  • Justice Lawyering Seminar
  • Problem Solving with Clients

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