Suzanne A. Luban

Suzanne Luban co-teaches Stanford Law School’s the Criminal Defense Clinic as the Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law, under the directorship of Professor Ron Tyler.  Suzanne brings to the position nearly three decades of experience as an expert criminal defense practitioner. She began her legal career in civil litigation, then served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of California. From 1991 until her arrival at Stanford in 2013, Suzanne maintained a successful solo practice in federal and state courts, dedicating the majority of her attention to indigent defendants in federal trial, appellate, and habeas corpus proceedings throughout Northern California.  She has litigated over 80 appeals in the Ninth Circuit, resulting in numerous published opinions. Suzanne has mentored many law students (several of whom are now members of the local bar). Suzanne received her B.A., with highest honors, from the University of California at Berkeley.  She obtained her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1985 (with her third year at Berkeley Law). During law school, she was on the UCLA Law Review and externed for the late Justice Allen Broussard of the California Supreme Court. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Youth Development Through Law, a nonprofit based at Berkeley Law, dedicated to providing disadvantaged high school youth with a summer of legal skills classes, paid internships, and career counseling. Suzanne continues to teach and mentor criminal defense lawyers in a variety of settings. In her work at Stanford, Suzanne works closely with clinical students on their cases, and has introduced numerous experiential learning exercises to the Criminal Defense Clinic. She is co-chair of the 2018 Northern California Clinical Conference, and is an active member of the Mills Legal Clinic family.

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