Faculty Biography

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, and employment discrimination.

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 “Post-Conflict Justice in the Aftermath of Modern Slavery” in 46 George Washington International Law Review 243 (2014); The Law of Discrimination: Cases and Perspectives (with Carrassco, and Selmi) (Lexis Nexis, 2011); “In Defense of the Black/White Binary: Reclaiming a Tradition of Civil Rights Scholarship” in 12 Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy 107 (with Widner) (2010); Racial Justice in the Age of Obama (Princeton University Press, 2009); Structures of Judicial Decision Making from Legal Formalism to Critical Theory, 2nd Ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2005); 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); Integration or Separation? A Strategy for Racial Equality (Harvard University Press, 1996); and Rethinking the American Race Problem (University of California Press, 1992).

Fall 2015 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 215
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
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