Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Professor of Law Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Philadelphia, PA

Susan Brooks has close to 30 years of experience as an educator, facilitator, presenter, and trainer in the areas of experiential learning, relational practices, professional development, civic engagement, and cross-cultural communication. Since 2007, she  has served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and a Professor of Law at the Drexel University Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. Professor Brooks has written extensively and has conducted workshops in the U.S. and across the globe to promote “Relational Lawyering,” an integrative humanistic approach to legal practice and education, which includes habits of mind and tools to strengthen emotional intelligence, effective communication, cultural awareness, and resilience. She is also a leader in the field of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and an inaugural member of the Global Advisory Council for the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (ISTJ). Two of her recent articles are entitled “Mindful Engagement and Relational Lawyering,“ and “Fostering Wholehearted Lawyers: Practical Guidance for Supporting Law Students’ Professional Identity Formation.” 


Professor Brooks received her J.D. degree from New York University in 1990. She received an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago in 1984, and earlier received a B.A. from the same university.  She is a licensed attorney, mediator, trained peacemaking circle-keeper, and Certified Social Worker, and recently also became a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher.