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 Brobst joined the Southern Illinois University 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. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Journal of Legal Medicine and the health law curricular specialization. 

She is the 2017 Chair of the Balance in Legal Education Section Executive Board of the Association of American Law Schools, which seeks to improve law student, faculty and legal professional resilience and well-being. She is also currently a member of the Advisory Council of the SIU School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development.  Since 2014, she has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, based in Portland, Oregon. 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.  Her previous leadership positions have included government appointments and board 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, and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.

She began her academic career implementing the first Domestic Violence Clinic at North Carolina Central University School of Law and then served as the legal director for eight years for the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, North Carolina.  The center is 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.  She taught courses at North Carolina Central University School of Law in Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and many writing seminars throughout this time, including development of the law school’s first Scientific Evidence course.

Her scholarship has been published widely and focuses on issues of criminal law, internet privacy, public health, mental health, and public records laws.  She is the author of the annually revised attorney deskbook, Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina, published by Thomson Reuters in its state practice series.

Prior to entering academia, she was a child forensic interviewer and street law educator in community schools at a nationally accredited child advocacy center in South Bend, Indiana.  She also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County, Indiana, with a general felony trial case load. She then became the first statewide trainer for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, also providing legislative reform and amicus brief support.

Professor Brobst has been admitted to practice law, now in inactive status, in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and before the United States Supreme Court. She received her LL.M. from Victoria University of Wellington Law School, New Zealand (by thesis on international and comparative law addressing physical child abuse); J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law; and B.A. from University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa (with distinction in Archaeology and Social Anthropology). She spent much of her early childhood and young adulthood living overseas, but was primarily raised in Southern California.  Her mother is from Edwardsville, Illinois, and she has a long family history in Southern Illinois.