Suzanne A. Luban
Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law
Suzanne Luban rejoined Stanford Law School in June 2014 as the Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law for the Criminal Defense Clinic under the directorship of Professor Ron Tyler, having filled the same role for two quarters during the launch of the CDC. Prior to her return to Stanford, Suzanne amassed a substantial record as an expert criminal defense practitioner for 26 years. 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, Suzanne maintained a successful solo practice in federal and state court, 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) and she has taught and mentored criminal defense lawyers in a variety of settings. 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 is currently on the Board of Directors of California Youth Development Through Law, a nonprofit based at Berkeley Law, dedicated to providing at-risk and disadvantaged high school youth with a summer of legal skills classes, paid internships, and professional counseling.