Jennifer Brobst | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Jennifer Brobst

Assistant Professor of Law

Jennifer Brobst

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 244

Phone: (618) 453-8702


Jennifer A. Brobst joined the SIU School of Law faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2014. She is cross-appointed as a member of faculty in the SIU School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities. Since 2015, she has served as a faculty trainer for the SIU School of Social Work Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship graduate program.  Her teaching and research interests focus on health law and policy, including the intersection of public health and criminal law in cases of violent crime. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Journal of Legal Medicine, health law specialization, and the student organizations Law and Medicine Society and Law Students for Reproductive Justice

She formerly served as a clinical professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she developed the law school’s first Domestic Violence Clinic and served as the legal director for the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, North Carolina, a medico-legal consortium of faculty and staff from Duke University School of Medicine, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and the nonprofit Child and Parent Support Services.  Prior to entering academia, Professor Brobst was a child forensic interviewer at a nationally accredited child advocacy center and an assistant prosecuting attorney in South Bend, Indiana. She also served as the first training institute director of the statewide nonprofit North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which provided interdisciplinary training, legal and legislative monitoring, and amicus brief support.

Professor Brobst is the first attorney in her family and a strong advocate for opportunity and well-being in legal education and the legal profession. In 2016, she serves as the Chair-Elect of the Executive Board of the Balance in Legal Education Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She also is a member of the National Crime Victim Law Institute Advisory Council since 2014. Her previous leadership positions have included appointments and service on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Justice Consortium, North Carolina Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse, North Carolina Commission on Domestic Violence, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys Board of Directors, North Carolina Women United, Advisory Council of Durham Legal Aid, and as president of the Durham-Orange Women Attorneys Association. In 2011, she received the Cheryl Amana-Burris Faculty Award for Distinguished Service for her contributions to women’s leadership and service at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Professor Brobst is admitted to practice law (inactive status) in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and before the United States Supreme Court. She holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington Law School, New Zealand (LL.M. by thesis on international comparative law addressing physical child abuse defenses); University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.); and University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa (B.A., with distinctions in Archaeology and Social Anthropology).