Jennifer Brobst

Jennifer Brobst

Assistant Professor of Law

(901) 678-3227
Law School, Office 368

About Professor Brobst

Professor Jennifer Brobst joined the faculty in 2022 as an Assistant Professor. Her scholarly work primarily focuses on the intersection of health law and criminal law, as well as legal approaches to privacy, liberty interests, and the impact of science and technology. She serves as the author of the treatise North Carolina Admissibility of Evidence, and from 2019 - 2023 was the author of Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Alabama, both part of the state-practice treatise series from Thomson Reuters and available on Westlaw. Her article entitled Miranda in Mental Health was designated as one of the All Time Top Papers in Mental Health and Crime by the Social Science Research Network for the years 1997 – 2018. In 2018, while at Southern Illinois University School of Law, she was awarded the faculty’s Outstanding Scholar Award. Since 2020, she has extended her research interests to applications in international and national space law, including virtual presentations at international conferences in India and New Zealand and several book chapters.

For a number of years, Professor Brobst has engaged in service by providing training to interdisciplinary professionals, including expert witness training on medical and forensic scientific evidence, ethics training for information technology and business professionals, and to attorneys and judges on managing secondary traumatic stress in at-risk areas of legal practice. Her early practice experience is in litigation, both civil and criminal, in cases involving interpersonal violence. She is a former Chair of the Balance in Legal Education Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), which promotes wellness in the profession. In North Carolina, she was appointed by Governor Perdue to serve on the North Carolina Commission Against Domestic Violence, and by Speaker Hackney to serve on the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse, where she served as Vice Chair of the Commission and Chair of the Rules Committee. She has continued to serve as one of the inaugural members of the Advisory Council to the National Crime Victim Law Institute in Portland, Oregon since 2014. 


LL.M. (by thesis in international comparative law), Victoria University of Wellington School of Law, New Zealand, 2002; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1996; B.A., University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, 1991 (distinctions in Social Anthropology and Archaeology dual majors)


California, Indiana (retired), North Carolina, United States Supreme Court (all currently inactive) 


Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (2022-present); Assistant and Associate Professor (with tenure since 2019), Southern Illinois University School of Law, cross-appointed in the School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities and the Department of Public Health and Recreation (2014-2022); Visiting Professor (Evidence), Seattle University School of Law (Summer 2012); Legal Director, Center for Child and Family Health (consortium of Duke University Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and North Carolina Central University School of Law) and adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, NC) (2006-2014); Visiting Professor and Clinical Supervising Attorney, Domestic Violence Clinic, North Carolina Central University School of Law (2004-2006); Statewide Training Institute Director, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2001-2004); Adjunct Professor (Legal Writing in Torts), Victoria University of Wellington School of Law, New Zealand (2000-2001); Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, St. Joseph County, IN (1998-2000); Child Forensic Interviewer and Street Law Program Director, The CASIE Center (nationally accredited child advocacy center), South Bend, IN (1998-1999).

Teaching Interests

Evidence, Torts, Professional Responsibility, Health Law (Public Health Law, Mental Health Law, Privacy Law, Scientific and Medical Evidence, Consumer Protection), Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.

Research & Publications