Susan Duncan

Professor of Law


Susan Hanley Duncan received a B.A. from Miami University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville. She joined the Brandeis School of Law faculty as an adjunct in 1997 and full time in 2000. She served as dean from 2012-2017.

Duncan's teaching and research interests are in lawyering skills, education law and restorative practices. Her scholarship has focused primarily on the issues surrounding children, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from pornography on the Internet. Her recent scholarship focuses on use of restorative practices in schools, universities and in the workplace.

Duncan is past chair of UofL's Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of multiple university committees. Nationally, she served in leadership positions on several boards that focus on the development of new legal writing professors. The Louisville Bar Association awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award to Dean Duncan for chairing numerous LBA committees. Business First recently named Duncan as one of the top 20 people to know in the field of education. She frequently presents on legal writing and education law topics.

Duncan has been a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier, France, University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Johannes Gutenberg University, in Mainz Germany, at the University of Leeds, England, and the University of Turku, Finland.

Basic Legal Skills

Juvenile Justice

Restorative Justice

Book Chapter

Susan Hanley Duncan, Child Pornography Statutes and New Legislation, in Sexting and Youth: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Research, Theory, and Law (Todd C. Hiestand & W. Jesse Weins, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2014).

Peer-Reviewed and Student-Edited Journals

Susan Hanley Duncan, The Devil is in the Details: Will the Campus SaVE Act Provide More of Less Protections to Victims of Campus Assaults, 40(3) The Journal of College and University Law 443 (2014).

Susan Hanley Duncan and Ida Dickie, Family Group Conferencing: A Pilot Project within the Juvenile Court System in Louisville, Kentucky, 20(1) The Prevention Researcher 11 (February 2013).

Susan Hanley Duncan, Workplace Bullying and the Role Restorative Practices Can Play in Preventing and Addressing the Problem, 32 Industrial Law Journal 2331 (October 2011).

Susan Hanley Duncan, Preparing Students to Practice Law in 2010 and Beyond: The Call for Skills Training in the United States and Germany, "Brandeis meets Gutenberg" — German-American Legal Discussions in the series Öffentliches und Internationales Recht, Lang publishers (Editors Prof. Dr. Udo Fink, Prof. Dr. Dieter Dörr, Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann) (solicited article).

Susan Hanley Duncan, Bullying and Restorative Justice: A Missing Solution in the Anti-Bullying Laws, XX The New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement XX (2011) (in press)(solicited article).

Susan Hanley Duncan, A Legal Response is Necessary for Self-Produced Child Pornography: A Legislator's Checklist for Drafting the Bill, 89 Oregon Law Review 645 (2011).

Susan Hanley Duncan, The New Accreditation Standards Are Coming to a Law School Near You, What You Need to Know About Outcomes and Assessments, 16 Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 605 (2010) (solicited article).

Susan Hanley Duncan, College Bullies — Precursors to Campus Violence What Should Universities and College Administrators Know About the Law? , 55(2) Villanova Law Review 269 (2010).

Bar Journal and Newsletter Articles

Susan Hanley Duncan, Best Dressed Briefs — Why Appearance Matters, Kentucky Bench and Bar 32 (January 2011).

Susan Hanley Duncan, Is Legal Education About to Change? , 10 (8) Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs 1 (August 2010).

Scholarly Presentations

Guarding Due Process in Restorative Justice, Juevnile Defender Leadership Summit (October 22, 2014).

Bullyproof: Introduction to Legal Issues Related to Bullying, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention (June 19, 2014).

The Campus SaVE Act, University of Notre Dame symposium, Armed Violence on Campus: A Search for Solutions (March 27, 2014).

Continuing Legal Education and Service Presentations

Careers in Law, Sacred Heart Academic 2014 Alumnae Career Day (November 20, 2014).

Restorative Justice, St. Agnes In-Service Group (October 8, 2014).

Corporate Counsel Panel moderator at Legal Marketing Association of Kentucky Annual Meeting (September 25, 2014).

Perspectives of Women in the Law, Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County (September 11, 2014).

Legal Education: How to Navigate the Future, Law Club, Louisville, Kentucky (February 12, 2014).

Professional and Academic Leadership


Legal Writing Institute (LWI)(President, 2006-208), LWI is a national organization that has close to 2200 members. It hosts a list-serv and a biennial conference (attended by over 600 members) and publishes a twice-yearly newsletter, The Second Draft, and an annual journal, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.

AALS Section on Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, (Chair 2007)

Association of Legal Writing Directors, ALWD Representative to ABA Council for the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar & Standards Review Committee

Journal of Law & Education, Associate Executive Editor, 2006-2011

Miami University Pre-Law Advisory Committee, Inaugural Member, 2008-2011

State and Local Leadership

Kentucky Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Committee, 2012-present

Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention Planning Committee, 2012-present

Kentucky Bar Foundation, 2012-present

Louisville Bar Association Board of Directors, 2012-present

Louisville Bar Foundation, 2012-present

Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court, 2012-present

Governor Scholars Program Council of Scholars, Inaugural Member, 2008-present

University Service (last 5 years)

Law School

Self Study, 2009-2011

Student Welfare, 2010-2011

Technology, 2010-2011

Dean's Advisory Committee, 2005-2006; 2006-2007, 2009-2011


Chair of Commission on the Status of Women, 2009-2011, member of President Ramsey's Executive Cabinet. Attend multiple university events. Develop and pursue goals of the commission including implementing the 2009 Task Force Update recommendations.

Member of the University Administration, Finance Outreach Committee, 2009-2012

Member of the University Community Engagement Committee, 2009-2011

Member of the University Great Places to Work Advisory Committee, 2009-2011

Co-Chair and Member of the Great Places to Work Family Friendly Committee, 2009-2011

Bar Admissions

Kentucky (1991)

Tennessee (1993)

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, The Association of American Law Schools, Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), The Legal Writing Institute (LWI), Louisville Bar Association, Jefferson County Women Lawyers' Association.

Community Service

Jefferson County Restorative Justice/Family Group Conferencing Pilot Project (2010-present). The pilot project will include use of a Family Group Conference (FGC) process in lieu of formal Juvenile Court proceedings for cases meeting the eligibility requirement.

St. Agnes Catholic Church and School (multiple activities)

Kentucky Refugee Ministries Tutor (2010)

Healing Place

Awards and Grants Received

2011 Jonathan L. Helfat Award for Legal Scholarship

2010 Louisville Bar Association, Distinguished Service Award

2009 Association of Legal Writing Directors Summer Teaching Grant for On-line course

2008 Community Engagement Award Nominee

2005 University of Louisville Presidential Distinguished Service Award

2005 Sacred Heart Academy Alumna of the Year

2004 Business First Forty under 40 Award

2003 University of Louisville's Faculty Community Service Award