Susan Salmon

Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law

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.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

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