Susan J. Abraham

Professor of Law

Susan J. Abraham

Professor of Law

Susan J. Abraham

Contact Information
T 212.431.2116 
E susan.abraham@nyls.edu

Faculty Assistant
Tamara Garland
T 212.431.2306 
E tamara.garland@nyls.edu

Education
Warren Wilson College, M.F.A., 1991; Rutgers Law School, J.D., 1983; Oberlin College, B.A., 1977

Profile

Susan J. Abraham joined the full-time faculty at New York Law School in 2003, after practicing law for 20 years. She began her career as a trial level public defender in New Jersey, and then moved to representing indigent clients in criminal appeals, appearing numerous times before the New Jersey Supreme Court. She later became a supervising attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York, where she maintained her own caseload, and supervised and trained volunteer lawyers from large firms on writing appellate briefs and crafting oral arguments. She has also represented clients on employment discrimination and other civil matters, and graded the 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, PoetryTikkun, and Penn Review, 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 criminal justice reform, especially through applications of restorative justice.  She has created and teaches two restorative justice courses, is the faculty advisor of the NYLS Restorative Justice Student Organization, has commented on restorative justice and criminal justice issues in the media, and has been trained as a peacemaker at the Red Hook Community Court and as a Restorative Circle facilitator.  She is a member of the transition team for Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, has served on a number of Advisory Boards, including for the Restorative Justice Initiative and the NYLS Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and enjoys being a volunteer writing mentor for Girls Write Now.

Courses

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