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Professor Carol M. Suzuki

Carol Suzuki

Professor of Law
J.D. 1991, Columbia University School of Law
A.B. 1986, Stanford University
Member of the California, District of Columbia, and New York Bars

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-1073
 Office: 2530
 suzuki@law.unm.edu

Profile

Carol Suzuki joined the UNM law faculty in 2003, bringing a strong background in clinical law.

After graduating from Columbia University School of Law, she joined the Legal Aid Society in New York City. As part of her workload in the civil division, she represented clients with HIV/AIDS who came into the office. After four years, she joined the HIV Law Project in New York City. As senior staff attorney, she represented women of color and their families. Recognizing the need for additional expertise to most effectively represent her clients, she often would collaborate with social workers to help resolve client problems. By the time she left in 1999, she was Deputy Director.

While at the HIV Law Project, Professor Suzuki taught an annual class on professional responsibility to third-year students at Columbia University School of Law. In 1999, she became a visiting professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, working in the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic. She then moved to Yale Law School as a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow. Professor Suzuki worked mostly in the immigration clinic, and she also supervised student outreach in the HIV/AIDS community and worked with clinic students to improve prison conditions for incarcerated women.

At the UNM School of Law, her courses include the Community Lawyering Clinic, AIDS and the Law, Bioethics, Refugee Law, and Torts. She has served as the Faculty Advisor to the New Mexico Law Review.

Professor Suzuki co-authors the annual supplement to the family law chapter of Aspen Publisher's “AIDS and the Law.” She has served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Clinical Legal Education. Professor Suzuki is a founding member of Voices of Women of Color Against HIV/AIDS.

Book Chapters

Issues in Family Law for People with HIV, in AIDS and the Law (4th ed. Supp. 2014), co-author with Scott Skinner-Thompson.

Family Court Proceedings, in the American Bar Association's HIV & AIDS Benchbook, co-author with Toni Holness and Carolyn McAllaster (2d ed. 2012).

Articles

Carol M. Suzuki, Death with Dignity and Advance Directives in the United States, 1 JACE Newsletter 1 (Japan Association for Clinical Ethics) (Sept. 2013).

"How Law Schools in the United States Are Responding to Decreasing Applications and Job Prospects," 47 Comparative L. Rev. 123 (2014) (translated by Yoshitaka Nakamura) (Waseda University Institute of Comparative Law).

Carol M. Suzuki, Potentials of Japanese Law School Clinics to Aid the Victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Nuclear Accident, 4 Lawyers and Clinical Education 90 (2011) (translated by Kyoko Ishida).

Carol M. Suzuki, When Something Is Not Quite Right: Considerations for Advising a Client to Seek Mental Health Treatment, 6 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 209 (2009).

Carol M. Suzuki, Unpacking Pandora’s Box: Innovative Techniques for Effectively Counseling Asylum Applicants Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 4 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 235 (2007).

Awards

  • Dickason Professor