J.D. Stanford Law School
M.Phil. Clare College, Cambridge University
A.B. Princeton University
Susan Stefan is a nationally known scholar and litigator on behalf of people with psychiatric disabilities. She was a senior staff attorney at the Center for Public Representation in Newton, Massachusetts, where she directed the Center’s Emergency Department Project, focused on improving the treatment of people with mental health issues in emergency departments. She has written four books and numerous articles about legal and policy issues involving people with psychiatric disabilities. Her most recent book is Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws: Examining Current Approaches to Suicide in Policy and Law (Oxford University Press 2016). Prof. Stefan has worked as an expert for the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Institute of Medicine, the Joint Commission, and Amnesty International.
Prior to working for the Center for Public Representation, Prof. Stefan was a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where she taught disability law and mental health law. Throughout her career, she has litigated a number of Americans with Disabilities Act cases, received numerous advocacy and teaching awards, and has testified as an expert witness in several federal court cases.