Heidi Brown

Heidi K. Brown

Director of Legal Writing and Professor of Law
(718) 780-7519

J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), University of Pennsylvania
B.A. University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise
Civil Litigation
Federal Civil Procedure
Law Student Public Speaking Anxiety
Legal Research
Legal Writing
Trial and Appellate Advocacy


Professor Brown joined Brooklyn Law School as Director of the Legal Writing Program in 2016. A prolific scholar and author on the art and science of legal writing, she has published four books on predictive and persuasive legal writing and federal litigation, as well as numerous scholarly articles for law journals. She has written three books about well-being and thriving in the legal profession:

  • The Introverted Lawyer: A Seven-Step Journey Toward Authentically Empowered Advocacy
  • Untangling Fear in Lawyering: A Four-Step Journey Toward Powerful Advocacy
  • The Flourishing Lawyer: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Performance and Well-Being

Inspired by her own experience untangling fear of public speaking during her litigation career, she is passionate about helping law students and lawyers “find their authentic lawyer voices” and overcome anxiety about Socratic legal discourse and performance-based lawyering tasks.

Prior to joining the Law School, Brown served as Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she taught in the school’s Legal Practice program. Before that, she was an Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange, California.

Brown has more than two decades of experience in law practice. She served as Of Counsel with Moore & Lee, LLP, a boutique litigation firm with offices in the Washington, D.C., area and New York City, where she handled all aspects of litigation and arbitration of complex construction contract and building development disputes. She specialized in brief writing for state and federal cases throughout the United States, and mentored the firm’s junior associates in civil procedure, litigation strategy, and legal writing. Before that, she was an associate at the Manhattan firm of Thacher, Proffitt & Wood and at the Washington, D.C., area firm Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP.

Brown studies Italian and has taught legal writing at the University of Trento in Trento, Italy and at Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy. She received her bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs and French language/literature from the University of Virginia, and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2021, she received a Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania.