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Susan J. Abraham

Professor of Law

Susan J. Abraham

Professor of Law

Susan J. Abraham joined the full-time faculty at New York Law School in 2003, after practicing law for 20 years as both a trial and appellate lawyer in New York and New Jersey. She began her legal career as a trial level 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 New Jersey Public Defender’s Appellate Office, and subsequently joined the nonprofit Office of the Appellate Defender as a supervising attorney, where she trained volunteer lawyers from major NYC law firms on writing appellate briefs and making oral arguments. Along the way, she also represented clients in employment discrimination, pension, and other civil matters, and graded criminal and constitutional law essays on the New Jersey Bar Exam.

Professor Abraham has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and has published poems in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tikkun, Penn Review, and other literary journals, as well as having poems included in an anthology of lawyer/poets and a number of legal publications.

Professor Abraham has taught Evidence, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Deposition Skills, Legal Practice, Principles of Legal Analysis, and Restorative Justice, and served as the Faculty Advisor for the NYLS Moot Court Association for 13 years. She has been interviewed on New Jersey and New York network news programs as an expert on criminal trial and sentencing issues. More recently, she has been focusing on alternatives to the criminal justice system, especially applications of restorative justice, and has presented at conferences and schools and colleges on this. She is involved in a number of restorative justice projects and has been trained as an restorative justice circle facilitator and peacemaker through the Red Hook Community Court.

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.

Newspaper Articles, Practice Materials, and Other Publications

Poetry in TikkunThe Paris ReviewDenver Quarterly, Poetry