Law School Associate Professor and
Director, Legal Writing Program
BA, 1980, University of Pennsylvania
JD, 1986, University of Virginia
MPH, 1990, Johns Hopkins University
Susan Hankin has been on the faculty at the University of Maryland since 1996. She is Director of the Legal Writing Program and teaches Tort Law, Public Health Law, and Animals and the Law, along with Analysis & Writing courses. Professor Hankin directs the Legal Writing Center, and she runs the Teaching Fellow program, where she trains students to work as Legal Analysis and Writing teaching assistants and to staff the Writing Center. She is also Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Board.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Professor Hankin was on the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught Legal Practice, Legal Research and Writing, and an advanced Legal Writing Seminar. Before entering teaching, Professor Hankin worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a staff attorney for the Whitman Walker Clinic AIDS Program in Washington, DC.
Professor Hankin’s research interests include Animal Law, Health Law, and Legal Writing Pedagogy. Her recent publications include Making Decisions about our Animals’ Health Care: Does It Matter Whether We Are Owners or Guardians?, published in theStanford Journal of Animal Law & Policy and Not a Living Room Sofa: Changing the Legal Status of Companion Animals, published in the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Professor Hankin has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.
Bridging Gaps and Blurring Lines: Integrating Analysis, Writing, Doctrine, and Theory, 17 Legal Writing: Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 325 (2011). [Full Text]
Statutory Interpretation in the Age of Grammatical Permissiveness: An Object Lesson for Teaching Why Grammar Matters, 18 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 105 (2010). [Full Text]
What is the Scope of the Duty to Provide Veterinary Care?, Maryland Bar Journal, Mar. 2010, at 18. [Full Text]
Making Decisions about our Animalsí Health Care: Does It Matter Whether We Are Owners or Guardians?, 2 Stanford Journal of Animal Law & Policy 1 (2009). [Full Text]
Not a Living Room Sofa: Changing the Legal Status of Companion Animals, 4 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 314 (2007). [Full Text]
Medical Treatment Decisions and Competency in the Eyes of the Law: A Brief Survey, in Competency: A Study of Informal Competency Determinations in Primary Care 149 (Mary Ann Gardell Cutter & Earl E. Shelp eds., 1991) (with Patricia D. White). [Full Text]
Note, Regulating the Sale of Human Organs, 71 Virginia Law Review 1015 (1985). [Full Text]