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. She also coaches the College of Law's ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams and supervises the writing-fellow program. 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; her recent scholarship also examines the role of rhetoric in the law-school curriculum and its potential impact on lawyer and law-student well-being. A nationally recognized expert on moot court, Professor Salmon co-authored the Legal Writing Institute’s Moot Court Advisors Handbook. She also has written 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. Professor Salmon is also a leader in the national legal-writing community, having served on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative 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 - 2020
    • Survey Committee
      2017
    • Website Committee Member
      2012 - 2014
    • Member
      2010 - present
  • Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference
    • Conference Chair
      2020
    • Steering Committee
      2019 - present
    • Program Committee Chair
      2013 - 2015
    • Program Committee Member
      2012 - present
  • Association of American Law Schools, Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research
    • Awards Committee Member
      2020
    • Member, Program Committee
      2019
    • 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
    • Member, Board of Directors
      2020 - present
    • 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 - present
    • 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

  • Edith Sayre Auslander Established Visionary Award
    2020
  • 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