John Brooks teaches and writes on tax law and policy, social insurance, and student loans. His research focuses in particular on how tax and other laws manage risk and facilitate risk-sharing in a population.
Before coming to Georgetown in 2011, Professor Brooks was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Previously, he clerked for Judge Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced tax law at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. He has also taught at Columbia Law School and Brooklyn Law School.
Professor Brooks is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
"47 States Appeal to Betsy DeVos, Department of Education to Cancel Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans," coverage by Newsweek, May 25, 2019, referencing a 2018 piece by Professor John R. Brooks.
"51 attorneys general urge DeVos: Erase disabled veterans' student debt," coverage by Politico, May 24, 2019, referencing a 2018 piece by Professor John R. Brooks.
"Here’s Why So Many Americans Feel Cheated By Their Student Loans," coverage by Buzfeed News, February 9, 2019, quoting Professor of Law John R. Brooks.
"Why Is the Department of Education Dragging Its Feet on Debt Relief for Disabled Veterans?," a piece by Professor John R. Brooks, in Domino: A Blog About Student Debt, December 13, 2018.