J.D., 1976, University of Michigan School of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
Telephone: 305-284-4210 | Office: F108
Professor Susan Bandes is a Distinguished Research Professor at the DePaul University College of Law. She has written extensively in the areas of federal jurisdiction and criminal law and procedure. More recently, she has been a pioneer in the emerging study of the role of emotion in law.
She graduated the University of Michigan Law School in 1976, and began her legal career at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. In 1980, she became staff counsel for the Illinois A.C.L.U., where she litigated a broad spectrum of civil rights cases, and helped draft and secure passage of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
She joined the DePaul faculty in 1984, and was named Distinguished Research Professor in 2003. Her articles appear in, among others, the Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, Michigan and Southern California law reviews, as well as peer-reviewed journals including Law and Social Inquiry, Constitutional Commentary, and Law and Contemporary Problems.
Her book on the role of emotion in law, entitled The Passions of Law, was published by NYU Press in January 2000, and released in paperback in 2001.
Her recent pro bono activities include acting as co-reporter for the Constitution Project’s bipartisan Death Penalty Initiative, which produced the report "Mandatory Justice: Eighteen Reforms to the Death Penalty," and serving on the advisory board to the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice’s study of the Cook County, IL. felony courts.
In 2007 she was named a research fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. At Miami Law she teaches The Law, Literature and Capital Punishment.