Roy L. Brooks

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law

  • JD, 1975, Yale University
  • BA, 1972, University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise

Professor Brooks teaches and writes in the areas of legal and critical theory, civil procedure, civil rights,  employment discrimination, and international human rights.

Professional Experience

Brooks served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, and practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1979.

Honors and Affiliations

Brooks is a member of the American Law Institute and the Authors Guild. He has received national book awards including the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award (twice) and the Brandeis University Library Learned Research Journal Award. He received the Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Scholarship (twice) and the Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Brooks was named a USD University Professor in 2005.

Key Works

Brooks' publications include The Racial Glass Ceiling (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2017); Structures of Judicial Decision Making from Legal Formalism to Critical Theory, Rev. 2nd Ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2012); Racial Justice in the Age of Obama (Princeton University Press, 2009); Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations (University of California Press, 2004); When Sorry Isn't Enough: The Controversy Over Apologies and Reparations for Human Injustice (New York University Press, 1999); and Integration or Separation? A Strategy for Racial Equality (Harvard University Press, 1996).

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 215
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-4731


Perla Bleisch
(619) 260-4019

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Thu 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu 2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue 2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.