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About Susan S. Fortney

Before joining the Texas A&M faculty, Professor Fortney served as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice Deane School of Law at Hofstra University from 2011-2015. Previously, she taught at Texas Tech School of Law. When she left Texas Tech, she was the Interim Dean and a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished University Professor.

Prior to joining Texas Tech, Fortney practiced law in both the public and private sectors. Upon graduation from law school, she first served as briefing attorney for Chief Justice Carlos Cadena of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas. She continued her public service as an attorney with the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortney later entered private practice, first handling securities and corporate matters and later focusing on legal malpractice cases. 


2015 - Present Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development, Texas A&M University School of Law

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  • Special Issues in the Law of Lawyering
  • Immigration
  • Legal Ethics & Malpractice
  • Health Law
  • Texas Pre-Trial Procedures
  • Legal Practice I & II
  • Torts
  • Professional Responsibility


1997 Doctor of the Science of Law, Columbia University Law School
1992 Master of Laws, Columbia University Law School
1977 Juris Doctor, Antioch School of Law
1974 Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University

Contact Information

Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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