Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest
Susan Feathers
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Susan J. Feathers,  an experienced public interest lawyer and administrator with 28 years of experience,  is the Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono at the Rutgers Newark Law School campus.  

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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 as the Advisory Board of Equal Justice Works,   the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals,  and the AALS Pro Bono Section.

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 Program.    Feathers has written and spoken extensively in issues relating to service-learning,  public interest advising,   program development,  and professionalism.   Throughout her career as an administrator,  she has taught a variety of courses, including  legal research and writing, appellate advocacy,  academic support,   feminist jurisprudence,   and social justice lawyering. 

Feathers teaching experience includes serving as a Clinical Fellow for Hofstra Law School's Constitutional Rights and Criminal Defense Clinics.   While at Hofstra she received an Advocacy Award for her work with El Salvadoran Dayworkers.      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 its Editorial Board from 1984-1987.




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