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Susan L. Patnode, Esq.

Adjunct Lecturer

Susan L. Patnode, Esq. has been an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh for over 25 years, where she has offered courses in family law, social services law and women and the law.

For 20 years, she was the executive director of the Rural Law Center of New York, a statewide legal services organization whose work addressed the legal and economic issues of rural low-income New Yorkers. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in education and received her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School in 1990.

Prior to her work with the Rural Law Center, Ms. Patnode worked in her own private practice concentrating in family law. Consistently in her work, she has focused on the need to make the law understandable and accessible to non-lawyers. She has been an active member of the New York State Bar Association, and served as the chair of the state bar’s Pro Bono Committee. She is a NYS certified arbitrator and mediator in a wide range of civil matters.

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