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 N.J. Public Defender’s Appellate Office, and subsequently joined the nonprofit Office of the Appellate Defender as a supervising attorney. 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 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, and Principles of Legal Analysis. 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 become involved in alternatives to the criminal justice system involving principles of restorative justice, and has been trained as a restorative justice circle facilitator, as well as a peacemaker through the Red Hook Community Court. Professor Abraham is currently working on ways of incorporating restorative justice principles and programs into the Law School curriculum and is active in a number of restorative justice projects.
Newspaper Articles, Practice Materials, and Other Publications
Poetry in Tikkun, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry