J.D. '03, Georgia State University School of Law
B.A. in Sociology, Michigan State University
Brooke Silverthorn is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the HeLP Clinic and the Co-Director of the Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty, Brooke Silverthorn was the Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy at the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). In that role, she worked with attorneys, organizations, and government systems across the country to improve legal representation for children, parents and agencies in child welfare court proceedings. Silverthorn also served as a trainer and course instructor for child welfare trial skills and content training throughout the country. She has developed course curriculum for attorneys and other professionals involved in the child welfare field. In addition to live courses, Silverthorn created and taught an online course for attorneys preparing to take the child welfare law specialist examination. She is particularly interested in innovative teaching methods that focus on interdisciplinary professional education.
In 2010 she was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Silverthorn represented children in child welfare court proceedings and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Family and Children Services in child protection litigation from 2006-2014. Silverthorn is the author of the chapter “Agency Representation in Child Welfare Proceedings: Ensuring the Agency Meets its Legal Mandates” in Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases.
Silverthorn served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law from 2015-2016. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Colorado and Michigan.
Silverthorn received her B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University. She is also a 2003 graduate of Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school she served as the legislation co-editor of the GSU law review. As a student, her note, “When Parental Rights and Children’s Best Interests Collide: An Examination of Troxel v. Granville as it Relates to Gay and Lesbian Families,” was published in the Georgia State University Law Review. As a 3L she was the recipient of the 2003 Custer-Tuggle Family Law Award of Excellence.