Alexandra Lang Susman is the UCLA School of Law Williams Institute Director of Strategic Education & Initiatives. She previously served as counsel at the Williams Institute, where her work focused on sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections, state level recognition for same-sex couples, and other laws and policies impacting LGBT people. Susman has also conducted workshops and lectures and provided commentary to a variety of community groups, local businesses and organizations on LGBT rights and policies.
Susman received her A.B. with Honors in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where she was awarded the Rosalie Colie Prize for Outstanding Scholarship for her Honors’ Thesis. She continued her studies of Comparative Literature at Stanford University as a doctoral candidate and lecturer. Susman received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, where she graduated Order of the Coif and served as Executive Articles Editor of the Southern California Law Review. After graduating, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Previously, she was an associate at the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, where her practice focused on complex civil litigation and internal investigations as well as pro bono LGBT rights litigation.
Susman’s scholarly work focuses on the intersection of LGBT rights and the First Amendment, LGBT rights in the spheres of public accommodations and employment, and the rights of LGBT youth. Susman is the author of “No Strings Attached: An Analysis of the Eruv Under the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act,” 9 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 93-134 (2009).