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Susan B. Apel

Professor of Law

JD, Northeastern University, Boston, 1977;
BA, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1974

Phone: 802-831-1223

Awards and Affiliations


  • E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award, American Bar Association, for the General Practice Program, 2007.
  • Listed in Who's Who of American Women, since 1995.


Teaching at VLS:

  • Professor at Vermont Law School since 1982.
  • Director of the General Practice Program, which integrates substantive law and professional skills by simulating a general practice law firm with professors, in the role of senior partners, instructing and supervising student "associates," since 2001.
  • Associate Director of the General Practice Program, 1988-2001.
  • Co-Director of the South Royalton Legal Clinic from 1982 to 1987.
  • Domestic relations, family law, feminist jurisprudence, introduction to the lawyering process, medical/legal issues re: assisted reproduction.

Contributions to the Law:

  • Article cited by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during hearings on child sexual abuse, 1989.
  • Article cited by U.S. Senate Committee for Government Affairs in enacting the District of Columbia Civil Contempt Imprisonment Limitation Act of 1989.


  • Adjunct Professor, Dartmouth Medical School, since 1998.
  • Staff attorney, 1982-85, and Co-Director, 1986-87, South Royalton Legal Clinic at Vermont Law School.
  • Staff attorney, 1977-82, and Co-Director, 1980-82, Keystone Legal Services, Huntingdon, Pa.