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.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

David Gamage & John R. Brooks, Tax Now or Tax Never: Political Optionality and the Case for Current-Assessment Tax Reform, N.C. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
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John R. Brooks & David Gamage, Why a Wealth Tax Is Definitely Constitutional (working paper).
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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

John R. Brooks & Adam J. Levitin, Redesigning Education Finance: How Student Loans Outgrew the “Debt” Paradigm, 109 Geo. L.J. 5-80 (2020).
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John R. Brooks, Curing the Cost Disease: Legal Education, Legal Services, and the Role of Income-Contingent Loans, 68 J. Legal Educ. 521-547 (2019).
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John R. Brooks, The Definitions of Income, 71 Tax L. Rev. 253-309 (2018).
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