Admitted to the bars of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and
Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme
Court. After a brief time in private practice, Professor Brooks worked as an attorney
with the New York State Mental Hygiene Legal Service. At Touro Law Center, he teaches
Pre-Trial Litigation, Disability Law, and the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, providing
legal representation for mentally ill individuals. Professor Brooks has litigated
numerous class action and other cases that have significantly broadened the rights of
people diagnosed with mental illness, including Rivers v. Katz, 67 N.Y.2d 485 (1986).



The Tail Still Wags the Dog: The Pervasive and Inappropriate Influence by the Psychiatric Profession on the Civil Commitment Process, 86 N.D. L. Rev. 259 (2010)

The imposition of substantive and procedural protections in the civil commitment process thirty years ago...