Susan E. Provenzano

Provenzano, Susan E.

Professor of Practice

Phone: (312) 503-0523

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Professor Provenzano teaches in the areas of appellate advocacy, employment law, and legal communication.  She has served the Law School in many capacities, including as Interim Dean of Students and Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning.  Professor Provenzano has chaired both the Law School’s Communications Task Force and the faculty judicial clerkship committee.  In recognition of her teaching, Professor Provenzano has received Dean’s Teaching Awards and the SBA Faculty Appreciation Award.

Before joining Northwestern Law’s faculty in 2001, Professor Provenzano clerked for the Honorable Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She also practiced employment, labor, and commercial litigation at the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, and Franczek Radelet.  As a practicing attorney, she handled a wide range of litigation matters and drafted appellate briefs to the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state courts of appeals. 

Professor Provenzano received her law degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Employment Law
  • Legal Communication
  • Appellate Advocacy

Selected Publications

  • Teaching in Reverse: A Positive Approach to Analytical Errors in 1L Legal Writing in 39 loyola university chicago law journal 123-185 (2007) (with Lesley S. Kagan ).
  • The Conscious Curriculum: From Novice Towards Mastery in Written Legal Analysis and Advocacy in 108 northwestern university law review colloquy 80 (2013) (with Sarah O. Schrup).


  • BA, University of Wisconsin
  • JD, University of Wisconsin

Prior Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois
  • Attorney, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Attorney, Mayer Brown
  • Attorney, Franczek Radelet