Heidi K. Brown has been a member of the NYLS faculty since 2011, and she teaches 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 also served as Of Counsel at the Washington, D.C. area-based 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 Virginia. Professor Brown is the author of six editions of the civil procedure treatise, Fundamentals of Federal Litigation, published by Thomson-West Publishing, and 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.” Her article “The ‘Silent But Gifted’ Law Student: Transforming Anxious Public Speakers into Well-Rounded Advocates,” has been accepted for publication by 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.
University of Virginia, B.A. 1991 Phi Beta Kappa
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1994