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, and subsequently worked on criminal appeals with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Appellate Office and in New York at the Office of the Appellate Defender. She has also represented clients in 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 a number of literary journals, including The Paris Review, Poetry, Tikkun, and other literary journals, as well as having poems included in an anthology of lawyer/poets.
Professor Abraham teaches Evidence, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Deposition Skills, and Restorative Justice, and served as the Faculty Advisor for the NYLS Moot Court Association for 13 years. More recently, she has been focusing on alternatives to the criminal justice system, especially applications of restorative justice. She is involved in a number of restorative justice projects, has presented about it at conferences and schools, and has been trained as a circle facilitator and as a peacemaker through the Red Hook Community Court.