In the independent school context, Susan works with clients across the United States and is particularly experienced in counseling senior leaders on parent, child and institutional relationships and conflicts, conducting investigations in response to reports of sexual abuse and other serious misconduct, and updating policies and protocols with a focus on risk management and compliance.
Susan advises both schools and social service organizations on a variety of topics, including governance and administration. She has effectively shepherded clients through crisis management situations. With significant professional experience as a social worker and public administrator, Susan approaches problems with an ability to integrate a variety of problem-solving frameworks, helping clients to arrive at practical solutions.
Prior to joining McLane, Susan was Of Counsel at Tennant Lubell, where her practice also focused on challenges centered in the student/parent/client institutional space. She helped to grow the independent school education practice at Schwartz Hannum PC. As part of the in-house legal team at Boston Children’s Hospital, Susan advised clinical staff on a variety of patient care issues on a real-time basis, in addition to supporting counsel handling malpractice and employment litigation.
When living in Maine, Susan handled a range of civil litigation and administrative law matters while in private practice at Curtis Thaxter LLC in Portland and served as a law clerk for the Maine Superior Court.
Susan received her B.A. in English from Yale University, MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, MPA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.
•New England Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star (2014, 2015)
•fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (2011-2012)
•Journal of Law & Social Justice (formerly Third World Law Journal), Senior Articles Editor, Boston College Law School (2004-2005)
•Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (1998)
•Come Again? Modernizing the Annual Re-Enrollment Drama (NBOA's Net Assets, November/December 2017)
Articles & Presentations
•The Most Famous Elementary School Art Teacher in the United States and What She Has to Teach Us About Discrimination (Employment Law Business Guide, 2/1/19)
•Call Me By My Name: Gender Identity and Evolving Dynamics on Campus (presentation at TABS Annual Conference, 11/30/18)
•Oh the Places We Will Go! Managing Off Campus Activities (Presentation at McLane Middleton, 9/25/18)
•Independent Schools and the Evolving Standard of Care (Presentation at NBOA Business Officer Institute, 6/20/18)
•Things You May Not Have Thought of When Evaluating Host Families (presentation at TABS/NAIS Global Symposium, 4/16/18)
•Boston Bar Association, Member
•Maine State Bar Association, Member
•Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Overseer
•Yale Club of Boston, Secretary, Board of Trustees
•Atelier 505 Condominium Trust, Trustee
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