Susan Maze-Rothstein manages the community social justice projects in the first-year Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Program. The pedagogy is deeply group-learning oriented (team lawyering) and requires extensive collaboration and peer critique of work products. Through the LSSC program, approximately 15,000 hours of pro bono work are donated annually to systemic social justice issues. These academic partnerships not only provide a strongly supervised value to community based organizations and agencies, but also promote the students' understanding of problem solving to address social justice issues.

Previously, she was an administrative law judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), where she served for a decade. As a member of a panel of three on the reviewing board, she adjudicated appeals taken from hearing decisions at the trial level within the department. While adjudicating on the reviewing board, she interpreted many of the controversial provisions of the 1991 legislative overhaul of G.L.C. 152, the workers' compensation act. And, where tested, her decisions were upheld by the courts. Before being appointed to the reviewing board, she sat as an administrative judge at the DIA for an additional two years, where she conducted hearings governed by the rules of evidence and wrote decisions, managing 700 new cases annually.

She began her career as a clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and then worked in civil litigation, first at Burns & Levinson, and later at Warner & Stackpole. She has lectured and authored materials for numerous educational and innovations in legal education programs.

Professor Maze-Rothstein is also faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association.

Fields of Expertise

  • Benefits Law
  • Legal Education
  • Workers' Compensation