Jennifer Brobst | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University

Jennifer Brobst | School of Law | SIU



Jennifer Brobst

Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy

Jennifer Brobst

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 244

Phone: (618) 453-8702


Jennifer A. Brobst joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2014. Her career has been dedicated to health law and policy education and service, particularly the intersection of public health law and trial practice. She formerly served as the Legal Director for the nationally recognized nonprofit Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, North Carolina, a medico-legal consortium of faculty and staff from Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. As a member of the faculty at NCCU for ten years, Professor Brobst taught Evidence and Professional Responsibility, and developed the law school’s first Domestic Violence clinic and Scientific Evidence courses. In 2011, she received the Cheryl Amana-Burris Faculty Award for Distinguished Service for her contributions to women’s leadership and service. Prior to entering academia, Prof. Brobst was a child forensic interviewer and an assistant prosecuting attorney in South Bend, Indiana.

Although raised internationally in places such as Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Venezuela, Prof. Brobst’s family roots are in Southern California and Southern Illinois. She is the first attorney in her family and a strong advocate for opportunity and well-being in legal education and the legal profession. She currently serves in the Balance in Legal Education Section of the Association of American Law Schools, but she has previously held leadership positions with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Justice Consortium, North Carolina Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys Board of Directors, Advisory Council of Durham Legal Aid, and as president of the Durham-Orange Women Attorneys Association. Her publications and presentations have consistently spanned the academic, professional, and public service arenas, with a devotion to interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration.

Prof. Brobst is admitted to practice law in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and before the United States Supreme Court. She holds an LL.M degree from Victoria University of Wellington Law School, New Zealand (masters by thesis on physical child abuse defenses in international comparative law); a J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law; and a B.A. degree from the University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.