Catherine M. Brooks, JD
Catherine M. Brooks, JD

Catherine M. Brooks, JD

Professor
School of Law

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Law

Position

  • Professor

Biography

Before joining Creighton’s faculty Professor Brooks taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. She has also been in private practice and served as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate from 1983-1988 in its law guardian program. She is a co-founder of The Center for the Study of Children’s Issues, at Creighton University. She is an editor and co-author of The Nebraska Juvenile Court Procedures Manual and consults locally with child advocacy groups, family law practitioners, and a social service agency. She has published articles in Lawyers for Children, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Criminal Behavior and Mental Health and the Creighton Law Review. She also authored The Laws Response to Child Abuse and Neglect in Law, Mental Health, and Mental Disorder. She is a member of the Nebraska Permanency Planning Task Force and the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Omaha. She was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans in 1994 and was appointed to the Nebraska Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Justice in 1997.

Education

  • BA (1977), Thomas More College of Fordham University
  • MA (1977), Graduate School of Arts & Sciences of Fordham University
  • JD (1980), University of Virginia

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Catherine M. Brooks, The Child Should Not Have the Right to Refuse Medical Treatment to Which the Child’s Parents or Guardians Have Consented, and Reply to Winslade, in CONTEMPORARY DEBATES IN BIOETHICS 181, 194 (Arthur L. Caplan & Robert Arp eds., 2014)., 2014
  • Nancy E. Walker, Catherine M. Brooks & Lawrence S. Wrightsman, CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES: IN SEARCH OF A NATIONAL POLICY (1998)., 1998
  • Catherine M. Brooks, Interjurisdictional Issues in Adoption: Where Is This Child Not My Child?, in CONFERENCE ON INTERJURISDICTIONAL MARRIAGE RECOGNITION (Creighton Univ. Sch. of Law ed., 1998)., 1998
  • Catherine M. Brooks, The Law’s Response to Child Abuse and Neglect, in LAW, MENTAL HEALTH, AND MENTAL DISORDER 464 (Bruce D. Sales & Daniel W. Shuman eds., 1996)., 1996
  • Catherine M. Brooks & Roberta S. Stick, NEBRASKA JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURES MANUAL (1994)., 1994
  • Catherine M. Brooks & Roberta S. Stick, NEBRASKA JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURES MANUAL (1993)., 1993
  • Catherine M. Brook & Madelyn S. Milchman, Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Context of Child Custody Litigation: A Multi-Disciplinary Project to Resolve Conflicts Between Mental Health Professionals’ Testimony, in LAWYERS FOR CHILDREN 223 (ABA Center on Children and the Law 1990)., 1990

Articles

  • Cate Brooks, Plain Meaning, Plain Language, Plain English: A Farewell to Hereby, Come Now, and To Wit, Neb. Law., Aug. 2000, at 12., 2000
  • Catherine M. Brooks, We Belong to “Nobody’s Children” – We Are “They” Who Must Change: A Response to Professor Elizabeth Bartholet’s Sullivan Lecture Nobody’s Children: Re-Visioning Child Welfare Policies on Abuse, Foster Care, and Adoption, 28 Cap. U. L. Rev. 91 (1999)., 1999
  • Catherine M. Brooks, An Essay on Inter-Jurisdictional Issues in Adoption: Where is This Child Not My Child?, 32 Creighton L. Rev. 1045 (1999)., 1999
  • Catherine M. Brooks, The Indian Child Welfare Act in Nebraska: Fifteen Years, a Foundation for the Future, 27 Creighton L. Rev. 661 (1994)., 1994
  • Catherine M. Brooks, Nancy W. Perry, Stephen D. Starr & Larry L. Teply, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Laws: Understanding Interests, Understanding Policy, 12 Behav. Sci. & L. 49 (1994)., 1994
  • Catherine M. Brooks, Lawyering for Children, Creighton Law., Fall 1992, at 2., 1992
  • Catherine M. Brooks, The Alumni Profile: Dayle Deardurff, ‘79, Creighton Law., Fall 1992, at 12., 1992
  • Catherine M. Brooks & Madelyn S. Milchman, Child Sexual Abuse Allegations During Custody Litigation: Conflicts Between Mental Health Expert Witnesses and the Law, 9 Behav. Sci. & L. 21 (1991)., 1991
  • Catherine M. Brooks, Ethics in Family Law, in FAMILY LAW (Neb. Continuing Legal Educ. ed., 1991)., 1991
  • Catherine M. Brooks, Ethical Issues Confronting Guardians Ad Litem, in ALTERNATIVES FOR PROMOTING PERMANENCY (Neb. Continuing Legal Educ. ed., 1991)., 1991
  • Catherine M. Brooks, When a Child Needs a Lawyer, 23 Creighton L. Rev. 757 (1990)., 1990

Publications

  • Catherine M. Brooks, Audio file: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, in Law Day for the Clergy, held by the Creighton University School of Law (1994)., 1994