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 Director of 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 and the NYC Bar Association's  Pro Bono Committee.   

Her prior experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Levin Public Interest Center at Stanford Law School, the Assistant Dean for Public Interest at the University of Pennsylvania Law School,  and the Director of Public Interest Programs at Yale Law School.     She served as a Clinical Fellow for the Hofstra Law School's Constitutional Rights,  Housing,  Disability,  and Constitutional Rights Clinics.      She began her career 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.     




Feathers, Susan. Leveraging Resources to Create Statewide Pro Bono

            Programs, ABA Pro Bono  Newsletter (2012)


Feathers, Susan. Tips for Retooling Public Interest Career Advising in a Tough

            Market: National Association of Law Placement Bulletin (2012)


Feathers, Susan. Albany Law Launches Veterans’ Rights Pro Bono Project, New York

            State Bar Association, and Pro Bono News (2011)


Feathers,  Susan.       American Legal Profession:  Current Controversies,  Future Challenges.      


Feathers, Susan, Angus Love. The Supreme Court: Tribal land claims, and the Doctrine Of Discovery: Trampling on the Walking Purchase, NLG Practitioner, Volume 65  (2008)


Feathers, Susan. Civil Gideon:  Making the Case,    ABA Litigation Newsletter (2007)


Feathers, Susan and Cynthia Feathers. Iroquois Influence on American Democracy, Government Law and Policy Journal (2006)


Feathers, Susan, Introduction: Terrorism and the Constitution, University of

            Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, (2004)


Feathers, Susan, Suing the Government in a Post-Velazquez Era, University of

            Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, (2003)



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  • Poverty Law