Susan E. Provenzano

Professor of Practice


Sue Provenzano is the William M. Trumbull Professor of Practice. Her research applies philosophical, linguistic, and rhetorical theories of meaning to interpretive questions in civil procedure.  She assists the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Appellate Advocacy Center with U.S. Supreme Court litigation, and brings years of litigation experience to her courses in civil procedure, evidence, employment discrimination, and employment law. Professor Provenzano is the grateful recipient of the Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, along with awards for Outstanding 1L Class Professor, Outstanding Small Class Professor, and the Master of Science in Law-Online Program’s Outstanding Teacher.

Before joining Northwestern Law’s faculty, Professor Provenzano clerked for the Honorable Ruben Castillo, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also practiced civil litigation at the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, and Franczek Radelet.  Professor Provenzano graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Employment Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Appellate Advocacy


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  • BA, University of Wisconsin
  • JD, University of Wisconsin

Prior Appointments

  • William Trumbull Professor of Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Professor of Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois
  • Attorney, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Attorney, Mayer Brown
  • Attorney, Franczek Radelet

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