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Faculty Profile

Suzanne M. Rabe

Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law


E-mail:  Suzanne M. Rabe
Office Number: 262
Office Phone: (520) 626-2426

Courses Taught:
Brown v. Board at Fifty (Substantial Paper Seminar) Room 32 (1/21/04) - Law 696n
Writing Fellows - Law 695q
Advanced Legal Writing & Intro to Appellate Advocacy - Law 653A
Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing - Law 603P
Legal Analysis, Writing & Research - Law 603H
Creative Writing for Lawyers - Law 697U

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

Suzanne Rabe is the Director of Legal Writing and a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She is admitted to practice in both Arizona and California. A graduate of both Arizona State University (B.A. 1976) and the University of Arizona (J.D. 1979), Professor Rabe served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Tang on the Ninth Circuit.


Professor Rabe taught legal writing at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, during the 1980-81 academic year. In 1981, she joined the staff of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, where she remained for six years, specializing in immigration, refugee, and civil rights law.


Since 1987, Professor Rabe has taught Legal Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, and other courses at the University of Arizona. She has served as the Director of Legal Writing since 2000. She is a leader in the legal writing field. In recognition of her leadership, she was awarded in 2011 the Rocky Mountain Award "for contributions beyond measure to the Rocky Mountain legal writing community." She serves on the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute, and she speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of legal writing topics.


University of Arizona College of Law, J.D. (1979) Graduated with highest distinction; Order of the Coif
Arizona State University, B.A. (1976) graduated summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Department of History, Most Outstanding Graduating Senior award

Admitted to Practice

Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the District Arizona

Professional Work Experience

Director of Legal Writing, Clinical Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2004 - present
Director of Legal Writing, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2000 - 2004
Adjunct Professor, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1987 - 2000
Staff Attorney, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, 1981 - 1987
Lecturer-in-Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1980 - 1981
Law Clerk, The Honorable Thomas Tang, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1979 - 1980

Representative Publications

A "Sending Down" Sabbatical: The Benefits of Lawyering in the Legal Services Trenches, 60 J. Legal Educ. 296 (2010) (co-author, with Stephen A. Rosenbaum).
Complete List of Publications


Last Updated: 03/15/2012