Susan joined the Center in 2002 after years of practicing regulatory law in both the private and public sectors. Susan is a trained mediator and facilitator. She approaches mediation from the perspective that the parties own the potential for resolution. Susan has mediated multiple situations, including workplace tensions, neighborhood concerns, and civil rights. She has also facilitated groups with varying goals, such as developing an educational legislative strategy, negotiating a rule for the provision of mental health services, and designing the extension of a state highway. In the broader scope of ADR education, Susan stays informed concerning ADR legislation and policies and consults with various governmental bodies to refine or implement ADR programs.
Susan also trains and presents at conferences on various collaborative processes, including consensus-building and negotiated rulemaking. Susan is a lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law where she teaches mediation, negotiation and public policy dispute resolution. She is on the Council of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and a member of the Association of Conflict Resolution, Texas Association of Mediators, and American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. Susan received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and her J.D. from Baylor School of Law.