Susan was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, she also studied at Harvard Radcliffe College, and in Toulon, France, and Valencia, Spain. During law school, she volunteered with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, spent a semester as a federal district court extern, and worked in Stanford’s Office of the General Counsel.
Susan has extensive experience handling complex litigation matters on both the plaintiff and defense sides. She has worked at large national firms, small boutique firms, as in-house counsel, and as a managing attorney at the Victim Rights Law Center, a nonprofit that provides free legal assistance to sexual assault survivors. In addition, she has directed a Human Rights law school clinic, taught an Immigration Law foundation class, volunteered with several nonprofits that serve immigrants, and provided significant pro bono representation to noncitizens seeking to change their legal immigration status. Before relocating to California from Oregon in 2021, she drafted, lobbied for, testified about, and saw the passage of a bill that enables more Oregon youths to qualify for Special Juvenile Immigrant status.
When she’s not working, you can find Susan playing tennis with her husband, skiing with their older son, watching their younger son play baseball, walking on the beach with her dog, going to the theater with friends, and traveling with just about anyone.