National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


Bill Brooks, a NARPA member and supporter since the mid-1980s, is the Director of the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic and Associate Professor of Law at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College. Among other key cases he has litigated, Professor Brooks was lead counsel in Rivers v. Katz, the New York case that established that competent individuals have the right to refuse unwanted psychotropic drugs.

Professor Brooks received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1976, and his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979. He is admitted to the Bar of New York and Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to his joining the Touro Law Center, he was with the Mental Hygiene Legal Service. He currently serves on the ABA Section for Individual Rights and Responsibilities.