Cecilia A. Silver
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
Professor Silver brings extensive teaching and litigation experience to her position as Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. Before joining Brooklyn Law School, Silver was a Senior Lecturer at Penn Law, where she helped revamp the first-year Legal Practice Skills course, taught Civil Pretrial Litigation, and pioneered the role of Writing Specialist.
Silver previously was Senior Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Special Federal Litigation Division defending police and corrections officers in federal civil rights cases. In that capacity, she acted as lead counsel on more than forty cases and handled all facets of trial preparation.
During her tenure at the Law Department, Silver served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Before that, Silver clerked for Judge Thomas P. Griesa in the Southern District of New York and practiced complex commercial and intellectual property litigation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Silver also achieved favorable results for several pro bono clients, including obtaining a $750,000 verdict in an excessive-use-of-force trial and successfully briefing and arguing international and interstate child custody disputes before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and New York Appellate Division.
Silver graduated from Princeton University cum laude with an A.B. in Art and Archaeology, earned her Master of Studies in History of Art and Visual Culture with distinction from Oxford University, and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, Silver served as a Law Fellow teaching legal writing and was an Executive Editor of The Tax Lawyer.Publications