HeLP Clinic Bids Farewell to Suski
The Center for Law, Health & Society bid farewell to Emily Suski in May. Suski joined the HeLP Legal Services Clinic as a clinical supervising attorney in July 2010 through a generous two-year grant from the Kresge Foundation and later became an assistant clinical professor. She was recruited to University of South Carolina to start a medical-legal partnership in the vein of the Health Law Partnership there.
Suski, who has a master’s degree in social work as well as two law degrees, brought extensive previous experience working with in-house, live-client law school clinics: including the Family Advocacy Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center and the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Virginia Law School.
“Emily’s excellent background in child advocacy benefitted the HeLP Clinic during her tenure at Georgia State,” said Sylvia Caley (M.B.A ’86; J.D. ’89), HeLP’s director and co-director of the HeLP Clinic. “Her interdisciplinary skills in social work and law contributed greatly to her teaching of our clinic students and facilitated our ability to attract social workers into our intraprofessional education. She also inspired our students interested in disability law.”
Suski’s contributions were not limited to her clinical work. She also taught Family Law and conducted research on topics such as bullying. She held leadership positions in the American Association of Law Schools Section of Poverty Law, including serving as chair in 2014, as well as serving as co-chair of the scholarship on Clinical Legal Education in 2013.
“We will miss Emily, who was an important part of the HeLP Legal Clinic and our center,” said Leslie Wolf, professor and center director, “But this is a tremendous opportunity for Emily to build a medical-legal partnership and to make her mark in a new endeavor based on what she learned through her years at HeLP, to the benefit of the University of South Carolina, its students and South Carolina’s citizens.”