Susan
Salmon
Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law
Office Number: 
262
Office Phone: 
5206218429

Biographical Information

Susie Salmon is Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, where she runs the first-year Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing program and the Fegtly Moot Court Competition. She also coaches the College of Law's ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams and supervises the writing-fellow program and the moot-court board. Professor Salmon's scholarship explores how longstanding practices and values in legal education affect access to justice, bias in the profession, and the legal profession as a whole. A nationally recognized expert on moot court, Professor Salmon co-authored the Legal Writing Institute’s Moot Court Advisors Handbook. She also writes a popular monthly column on legal writing—"The Legal Word"—in Arizona Attorney, the magazine of the State Bar of Arizona, and she frequently presents to local, national, and international audiences on issues related to legal writing and advocacy. Trained as a commercial litigator, with nine years of experience at large law firms in Los Angeles and Tucson, Professor Salmon remains active in the legal community, serving on the Steering Committee of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and on the organization's State Board. She remains an active member of the Arizona State Bar.

Representative Publications

  • Reconstructing the Voice of Authority, ___ Akron L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017) (also selected for publication in Legal Writing Institute's Monograph on Moot Court).
  • Shedding the Uniform:  Beyond a "Uniform System of Citation" to a More Efficient Fit, 99 Marq. L. Rev. 763 (2016).
  • "The Legal Word" - monthly column in Arizona Attorney Magazine (http://www.azbar.org/AZAttorney), October 2013 - present.
  • Complete List of Publications

Education

J.D.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
2000

Graduated magna cum laude; Order of the Coif

B.A.
University of California, Los Angeles
1993

Admitted to Practice

Arizona
2006
California
2000

Work Experience

Director of Legal Writing & Clinical Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2017 - present
Assistant Director of Legal Writing & Clinical Professor of Law
James E. College of Law
2015 - 2017
Assistant Director of Legal Writing & Associate Clinical Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2010 - 2015
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2008 - 2009
Associate
Quarles & Brady LLP, Tucson, Arizona
2006 - 2009
Counsel
O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, California
2005 - 2006
Associate
O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, California
2000 - 2005

Organizations

Association of Legal Writing Directors
Member, Board of Directors
2017 - present
Survey Committee
2017
Website Committee Member
2012 - 2014
Member
2010 - present
Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference
Program Committee Chair
2013 - 2015
Program Committee Member
2012 - present
Association of American Law Schools, Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research
Outreach Committee Member
2014 - 2015; co-chair 2017
Co-Chair, Committee on Committees
2016
Subcommittee on Diversity Sourcebook
2015
Media Committee Member
2012 - 2014
Member
2011 - present
Legal Writing Institute
Co-Chair, Moot Court Committee
2014 - 2016
Co-Chair, Program Committee for Biennial Conference
2015 - 2016
Moot Court Committee
2010 - present
Member
2010 - present
Association of American Law Schools, Section on Teaching Methods
Member
2016 - present
Arizona Women Lawyer's Association (Southern Chapter)
President
2017
State Board Member
2017
President-Elect
2016
Vice-President
2015
Secretary
2014
Steering Committee Member
2012 - present
Member
2006 - present

Public & Institutional Service

Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Board member, 2008 - 2017; Of Counsel, 2008 - 2012; Vice-President, 2012 - 2014; Chair, 2014 - 2016
Volunteer Attorney, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
2006 - 2012

Awards

Rocky Mountain Award
2016
Winner, 2009 Arizona Daily Star "40 Under 40"
2009
Volunteer Lawyers Program, Pima County New Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
2007