Susan J. Feathers, is the Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono at the Rutgers Newark Law School campus where she oversees the public interest career advising, public interest fellowships, and service-learning programs. Feathers has been engaged in social justice work for 30 years and currently serves on the Equal Justice Works Advisory Board, the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals, and the Gender Justice Collaborative.
Prior to joining Rutgers, Feathers served as the Executive Director of the John and Terry Levin Center for Pro Bono and Public Interest at Stanford Law School where she oversaw public interest externships, pro bono programs, public interest fellowships, and career counseling. She served as the Assistant Dean for Public Service at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she oversaw the law school's mandatory service-learning program, the public interest scholars program, LRAP and summer funding programs. Under her leadership, Penn's program became the first law school program to receive the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award (2000) and in 2006, the Program received a 10 million dollar endowment, to expand the public interest scholars and LRAP program. Feathers began her career in law school administration as the Director of Public Interest Counseling and Programming at Yale Law School where she assisted in designing and launching the Arthur Liman Fellowship Program, designed a guaranteed public interest summer funding program, and oversaw the law school's LRAP Porgram.
Feathers teaching experience includes serving as a Clinical Fellow for Hofstra Law School's Constitutional Rights and Constitutional Rights. She served as Associate Appellate Counsel at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau in Manhattan.
Feathers received her J.D. from Northeastern Law School and her B.A. and M.A. summa cum laude in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is founding editor of HYPATIA, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (Pergamon Press: Oxford) and served on the Editorial Board.