Susan J. Abraham
Susan J. Abraham joined the full-time faculty at New York Law School as an associate professor in 2003, after practicing law for twenty years as both a trial and appellate lawyer in New York and New Jersey. She began her legal career as a public defender in Trenton, New Jersey, where she represented indigent criminal defendants in jury trials and guilty pleas, had an active motion practice and designed and piloted a model program to divert and resolve charges for certain non-violent offenses prior to indictment by a grand jury. From there, she moved to the N.J. Public Defender’s Appellate Office where she argued in the Appellate Division and appeared numerous times before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
From 1989 to 1996, Professor Abraham maintained a private practice, representing clients in disability discrimination, employment, criminal, pension, and other matters. During that time, she also served as a grader of both the constitutional and criminal law essays for the New Jersey Bar Exam. She subsequently joined the non-profit Office of the Appellate Defender as a supervising attorney, where she argued criminal appeals in the New York courts, and supervised and trained both OAD staff and volunteer attorneys taking on pro bono criminal appeals. She subsequently joined the Newark firm of Reitman Parsonnet where she represented plaintiffs in employment matters and other civil litigation.
Professor Abraham has always been inclined toward teaching as well as law; in the early 1990s, she taught English as a Second Language at the American Language Institute at New York University, and expository writing at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is also a poet and has published poems in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tikkun, and other literary journals, as well as appearing in an anthology of lawyer/poets and a number of legal publications.
Professor Abraham earned her B.A. in English from Oberlin College in 1977 and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 1983. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in 1991.
Professor Abraham has taught Evidence, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Deposition Skills, Principles of Legal Analysis and is the advisor to the New York Law School Moot Court Association. She particularly enjoys coaching students on their argument skills, working closely with students on their writing, working along with students on public interest projects, bringing practitioners into the classroom, and connecting students with practice outside of the School.
Newspaper Articles, Practice Materials, and Other Publications
Poetry in Tikkun, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry