Professor of Law

Professor Brown directs the Domestic Violence Clinic at Valparaiso University Law School and teaches classes with criminal law themes such as U.S. Drug Laws. As the director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, Professor Brown teaches third-year law students to represent abuse and stalking victims in obtaining orders of protection. As the co-director of the former Post Conviction Clinic, she represented four clients serving life sentences who had their sentences commuted by President Obama. Professor Brown received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.  She began her career at the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office where she represented indigent clients in the criminal justice system for nearly 10 years.  Professor Brown witnessed troubling themes as she represented impoverished clients and her scholarship reflects the impact of what she witnessed. She focuses her scholarship on mass incarceration and the collateral consequences of being a drug offender. Additionally, Professor Brown writes about the impact of race and gender in the criminal justice system. Law review topics include felon disenfranchisement, feticide, battered mothers, and sex trafficking. Professor Brown is a member of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, American Society of Criminology, the Clinical Legal Education Association and the American Bar Association.