Susan A. Bandes is a scholar in the areas of criminal procedure and civil rights, and a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of the role of emotion in law. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Her legal career began at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. In 1980, she became staff counsel for the Illinois A.C.L.U., where she litigated a broad spectrum of civil rights cases and helped draft and secure passage of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. She joined the DePaul faculty in 1984, was named the Centennial Professor of Law in 2012, and the Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus in 2017.
She has written more than 70 articles, which appear in the Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, Michigan and Southern California law reviews, as well as interdisciplinary journals like Law and Social Inquiry, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and the Law and Society Review. Her book, “The Passions of Law,” was published by NYU Press in 2000.
She has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Northwestern law schools, a visiting scholar at NYU Law School and the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales. She is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and the founder of the Law and Society Association’s Collaborative Research Network on Law and Emotion. Her recent pro bono activities include serving as co-reporter for the Constitution Project’s bipartisan Death Penalty Initiative, which produced the report “Mandatory Justice: Eighteen Reforms to the Death Penalty,” and serving on the advisory board to the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice’s study of the Cook County, Illinois felony courts.