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Professor Susan L. Waysdorf
Susan WaysdorfSusan L. Waysdorf
Professor of Law

A.B. University of Chicago, 1972; J.D. University of Maryland Law School, 1991.

Susan L. Waysdorf has been a Professor of Law at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law since 1993.  She teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Family Law and Disaster Law: Katrina and Beyond.  She first started working at UDC as the director and supervisor of the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic and the Prisoners’ Rights and Advocacy Clinic.  Prof. Waysdorf attended law school after working for a number of years as a community organizer, and in the peace and social justice movements for women's equality, prisoner's rights, and the rights of people and families in the AIDS epidemic. 

Susan Waysdorf with clinic students After graduating from law school, Professor Waysdorf was awarded a Public Interest Fellowship from the Skadden Arps Foundation, which supported her work as a staff attorney for the Whitman-Walker Clinic's Legal Services Department in Washington, D.C.  While at Whitman-Walker, she developed a program in support of women, children, and families affected by the AIDS epidemic that became a nationally-recognized prototype for family-centered and holistic HIV/AIDS legal service.

In 2007 she initiated the Disaster Law: Katrina and Beyond course with two other colleagues, in response to the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the flooding of New Orleans.  As part of this ground-breaking course, she and her colleagues brought a group of forty law school students, administrators and alums to New Orleans over spring break 2007 to engage in volunteer legal assistance and other humanitarian recovery to victims of the storm.  She has returned to New Orleans several times since then to do volunteer work, and spent her Spring 2008 and Fall 2008 sabbatical leave in New Orleans doing volunteer service. 

She has published, lectured and consulted on the AIDS epidemic, on the rights and needs of special populations in the AIDS epidemic, including women, children and the elderly, prisoners’ rights, access to health care for the poor, and civil rights, including the rights of same-sex couples to marry.  Professor Waysdorf is a member of the District of Columbia and New York state bars, and is temporarily admitted to practice in Louisiana under that state’s post-Katrina Pro Bono Emergency Civil Practice Rule.


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