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About Susan D. Bennett

Susan Bennett is director of the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic and professor of law. She founded and directs the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, which represents neighborhood-based organizations, small businesses and tenants’ associations. She held the position of Director of Clinical Programs for the Washington College of Law from 2003 to 2006.
Professor Bennett holds expertise in community economic development, nonprofit organizations, law, poverty, and the homeless, legal services for the poor, pro bono legal services, public interest law, and federal housing law and programs. Bennett is the author of numerous articles, including “Embracing the Ill-Structured Problem in a Community Economic Development Clinic” in the Clinical Law Review; "On Long-Haul Lawyering," in the Fordham Urban Law Journal; and “No Relief But Upon the Terms of Coming Into the House: Controlled Spaces, Invisible Disentitlements, and Homelessness in an Urban Shelter System,” in the Yale Law Journal. Her most recent work is the co-authored text, Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning (Carolina Press 2012.)
Professor Bennett currently serves as a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the District of Columbia Bar, and as a member of the D.C. Bar’s Interpreter Bank Advisory Board. She chaired the Advisory Board of the D.C. Bar’s Community Economic Development Project from 2011-2012, was vice chair from 2008-2011, and participated as a Board member from 2006-2012. From 2007-2010 she served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. Professor Bennett served from 1992- 1998 as executive committee member of the Section on Poverty Law of the Association of American Law Schools, chaired the Section from 1996-1997, and acted as Program Chair and Nominating Committee Coordinator from 2008-2009. She was a member of the board of directors of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty from 1992-2001, serving as co-chair from 1999-2001 and as secretary from 1994-1996 and 1998-9. She was co-chair of the Legal Educators’ Division of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law from 1999-2001.


Present Director of the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
Present Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

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Community Development Law (4)

Articles (2)

Book Chapters (1)

Books (1)

Poverty Law (4)

Public Interest Law (1)

Public Housing (1)