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Susan Wawrose

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


Email: Susan Wawrose


Susan Wawrose is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Northeastern University School of Law. She joined Dayton Law as a faculty member in the Legal Profession Program in 1998, and has served as its acting director. From 2010-2015, she was director of the law school's LL.M. and M.S.L. programs and she directed its Leadership Honors Program from 2015-2018.

After graduating from law school, Professor Wawrose was an associate in the Litigation Department of the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge, where she was a member of the firm’s environmental law group. From 1995–1998, she was a staff attorney at Ohio’s Twelfth District Court of Appeals and served as the law clerk for the Honorable James E. Walsh.

Professor Wawrose earned her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton in 2015 and has a strong interest in law student and attorney well-being. She is a member of Law School Assistance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Lawyer Assistance Programs. She is a member of the Mindfulness Affinity Group of the Balance Section of the American Association of Law Schools and is on the Board of Advisors for the Mindfulness in Law Society. She has been a member of the Legal Writing Institute since 1998 and has served on the Conference Scholarship Committee (chair, 2004–06), the Committee on Cooperation Among Legal Writing, Pro Bono, Clinical and Externship Faculty and the Global Legal Skills/International Outreach Committee (co-chair, 2010–12). She has also been an assistant editor for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Professor Wawrose retired from the School of Law as a full-time professor in May 2020.

Courses Taught

LAW 6105 Legal Profession I
LAW 6106 Legal Profession II
LAW 6228 Sustaining Practices for the Legal Profession
LAW 6908 Introduction to U.S. Legal System and Legal Research for Graduate Students
LAW 6910 Transactional Drafting


M.S.Ed. (Counseling), University of Dayton, 2015
J.D., Northeastern University, 1990
M.A., Columbia University, 1984
B.A., Wellesley College, 1980

Selected Publications

A More Human Place: Using Core Counseling Skills to Transform Law School Relationships55 Willamette L. Rev. 133 (2018).

What Do Legal Employers Want to See in New Graduates?: Using Focus Groups to Find Out, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 505 (2013).
Listed on  SSRN's Top Ten download list for: LSN: Legal Education (Topic), Law & Society: The Legal Profession eJournal, Law Educator: Courses, Materials & Teaching eJournal, Legal Education eJournal and Legal Writing eJournal (October 2014). 

Academic and Cultural Support for International LL.M. Students: Four Suggestions to Help Students Succeed

Survey of Cooperation Among Clinical, Pro Bono, Externship and Legal Writing Faculty, 4 J. ALWD 56 (2007) (with S. Ricks)

Students’ Writing Background: Results from a Survey, 18 The Second Draft: Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute 6 (2003)

“Can We Go Home Now?” Expediting Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights Appeals in Ohio State Courts, 4 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 257 (2002)

Griswold v. Connecticut: Contraception and the Right of Privacy (Franklin-Watts 1996)

Recent Presentations

Putting Well-Being into Practice, Dayton Bar Association Inn of Court, Dayton, OH (Sept 2019)

Putting Wellness on the Docket, for the panel “Judicial Wellness and Compassion Fatigue,” Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association Summer Conference, Cincinnati, OH (June 2019).

“An Introduction to Mindfulness for Law Students and Faculty,” University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV (April 2019).

"Professionalism, Pain, and Personal Growth: Supporting Our Law Students," SEALS Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 2018) (panelist).

"Incorporating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum," for the Workshop on Mindfulness, SEALS Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 2018).

"Educating Faculty on Core Counseling Skills to Strengthen Relationships with Students" for the panel Faculty-Student Affairs Partnerships to Humanize the Classroom Climate, ABA National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs, Kansas City, MO (October 2017).

"Helping Students “Find [the] Fun:” Multiple Approaches to Supporting Law Students in Distress," Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference (Walk In Smiling: How to Find Fun in Our Classes, Our Jobs, and Our Lives), Indianapolis, IN (September 2017).

"Teaching Mindfulness in Law Schools," Mindfulness in Law Schools Conference sponsored by the Mindfulness Affinity Group of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education, SEALS Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL (August 2017).
"The D-Talks: Election Series," Moderated discussion with the campus community on the results of the 2016 Election (November 2016).

"Lessons from A Different Court: Sport and Performance Psychology for Legal Professionals," Ohio Supreme Court’s 2016 Student-to-Lawyer Symposium (The Resilient Professional: Learning How to  Rebound, Adapt and Thrive), Columbus, OH (October 2016) (with Dr. Rebecca Cook).    

"A More Human Place: Basic Counseling Skills for Law Faculty," Sixteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona (March 2016).

"A More Human Place: Using Basic Counseling Skills to Transform Law School Relationships, University of Dayton School of Law, Faculty Colloquium Series, March 2016.

“Getting Started: Moving Beyond Your Good Intentions,” Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum, Drexel University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (June 2014)

“Critiquing the Writing of International LL.M. Students,” Global Legal Skills Conference IX, University of Verona Faculty of Law, Verona, Italy  (May 2014)

"Writing for Today’s Partners," Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA (December 2012)

"The View From a Boutique LL.M. Program," for the panel, Portrait of an LL.M. Administrator: Jack & Jill of All Trades?, LL.M. Administrators' Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 2012)

“Introducing Conditionally Admitted LL.M. Students to the Law School Environment,” Global Legal Skills Conference VII, San Jose, Costa Rica (March 2012)

“Shorter, More Frequent Assignments” for the panel, Epiphanies: Small Assignments to Foster Big Leaps in Learning, Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, Raleigh, North Carolina (December 2011)

Panelist, “Meeting the Needs and Expectations of International Students,” Global Legal Skills Conference VI, Chicago (May 2011)