Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP (Retired)
Los Angeles, CA
Beginning in 2019 Susan will be a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, working on a project to teach digital literacy to older adults, especially those who vote. Susan used her two years as a DCI Fellow to study the interaction between social media and democracy and the history of disinformation and fake news. She has become a passionate advocate for increasing public understanding of how digital platforms work and re-evaluating the legal and economic framework in which these platforms operate.
Before coming to DCI Susan was a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, where she worked on lawsuits arising out of the BP oil spill and other complex litigation around the country. During her 35-year career, Susan also represented indigent convicted felons on appeal, defended that practice at cocktail parties, taught appellate advocacy at UCLA and Loyola Law Schools, and wrote articles for local news publications on interesting ways to spend time with two young boys.
Susan has devoted substantial time to community causes, including forming a non-profit to support a local bookstore in the face of Amazon’s trek towards world domination, and lobbying and fundraising to create a skatepark for neighborhood kids, despite community protests that the park would become a hotbed for organized crime.
Susan received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her hobbies include walking vacations, visiting cathedrals, and trying to get her essays published in The New Yorker.