Heidi K. Brown

Associate Professor of Law

Heidi K. Brown

Heidi K. Brown has been a member of the NYLS faculty since 2011, and she teaches Evidence, Legal Practice, and Deposition Skills. She was previously an associate professor (2008-2011) at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, where she taught Legal Research and Writing, Civil Discovery and Depositions, and an upper-level Legal Writing Skills course. Professor Brown has served as Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. area-based commercial construction litigation firm of Moore & Lee, LLP, where she specialized in complex brief-writing for cases pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Previously she was a senior litigation associate with Thacher, Proffitt & Wood in New York City and a litigation associate with Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP in the Washington D.C. area. Professor Brown is the author of six editions of the civil procedure treatise, Fundamentals of Federal Litigation, published by Thomson-West Publishing. She was the recipient of a 2011 research grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors and Legal Writing Institute, for her developing article titled, “Increasing Our Emotional Intelligence In the Law School Classroom to Engage, Motivate, and Coach the Facebook Generation of Law Students.” She also received a 2013 Teaching Grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors to develop a legal writing course based on civil discovery strategy and theory. Professor Brown has a passion for helping law students overcome extreme public speaking anxiety and “find their lawyer voice”; her article “The ‘Silent But Gifted’ Law Student: Transforming Anxious Public Speakers into Well-Rounded Advocates,” reflecting research on introversion and public speaking anxiety, was published in the 2013 volume of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. Professor Brown is a member of the bars of New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences with Thomson-Reuters for whom she has presented litigation readiness programs, legal writing training seminars, and expert witness CLEs.

BOOKS

Fundamentals of Federal Litigation, published by Thomson-West Publishing (6 editions, 2004-2009).

ARTICLES

“The ‘Silent But Gifted’ Law Student: Transforming Anxious Public Speakers into Well-Rounded Advocates,” 18 Leg. Writing 291 (2012).

“The Attorney Signature Block on a Brief: A Jumping-Off Point for Discussing Ethics” (accepted for publication by The Second Draft).