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About Susan J. Becker

Professor Becker received her undergraduate degree in journalism with highest distinction from Eastern Kentucky University in 1977 and worked as reporter and photographer for four years before starting law school. She graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1983 and clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert Krupansky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1983-1985. She then joined the general litigation group of Jones Day where her practice areas included products liability, employment law, and commercial litigation at administrative agency, trial, and appellate levels. During her five years at Jones Day, Professor Becker litigated cases in state and federal courts in Ohio, Texas, California, New York, Montreal, and other jurisdictions in North America.

Professor Becker joined the full-time faculty of Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1990, obtained tenure in 1994, served as associate dean from 1996-1999, and was promoted to full professor in 2004. She was appointed to a three-year position as the Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee Halter and Griswold Professor of Law in the fall of 2007. She received the CSU Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2010. She taught Civil Procedure, Remedies, Legal Ethics, and Sexual Orientation and the Law.

Professor Becker's published scholarship focuses on civil litigation practice, civil justice reform, and sexual minorities and the law. The ABA published her first book, Discovery of Current and Former Employees, in 2005, and Lexis/Nexis published The Law of Professional Conduct in Ohio in 2007 (co-authored with Jack Guttenberg and Lloyd Snyder). Becker and her co-authors published updated editions in 2009 and 2012.

Professor Becker served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Rules of Practice and Procedure from 2003-2009 and chaired the Commissions Civil Rules Subcommittee from 2006-2009. She was a member of the Rule Advisory Committee and the Advisory Group for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 1995-2009 and Co-Chaired the Advisory Groups Committee on Professionalism from 1999-2005. She has served as a member of the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Board of Directors since July 2004 and was elected to the Board's Executive Committee in November 2007 and as Board President in 2009. She also maintains a modest pro bono legal practice.


Present Professor Emerita, Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Profession
  • Sexual Orientation

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