Susan L. Carney
Visiting Lecturer in Law
Susan L. Carney is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before her appointment, Judge Carney served as Deputy General Counsel of Yale University, a position she held for more than a decade.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Education & Curriculum Vitae
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1977
B.A., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, 1973
- Constitutional Litigation Seminar
Susan L. Carney is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before her appointment, Carney served as Deputy General Counsel of Yale University, a position she held for more than a decade. At Yale, she also served as Acting General Counsel. Her practice at the University included matters involving intellectual property law, research regulation, academic fraud, international transactions, ethics, and business, and litigation related to those and other areas. During her tenure at Yale, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
A native of the Boston area, Carney clerked for the Hon. Levin H. Campbell, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and then joined Ropes & Gray, in Boston, as a litigation associate. After a move to Washington, D.C., she continued in private practice as an associate and partner in several law firms, primarily representing nonprofit organizations and labor unions, including in appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and various courts of appeals. She also served as Associate General Counsel of the Peace Corps, in Washington, D.C., before moving to Yale and New Haven in 1998. She is a member of the Massachusetts, District of Columbia, and Connecticut Bars. From 2013 through 2019, she was an elected member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, serving as the Board’s President from June 2018 through May 2019.