Susan Hazeldean joined the Cornell Law School faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in July 2011. She created and directs a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clinic in which students represent LGBT people in immigration and prisoners’ rights cases as well as undertake advocacy projects advancing LGBT equality.
Professor Hazeldean’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and civil rights. Her latest article, Confounding Identities: The Paradox of LGBT Youth Under Asylum Law, was published in the U.C. Davis Law Review; her works have also appeared in Benders Immigration Review and the ABA Human Rights Magazine.
Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Hazeldean taught at Yale Law School, where she served as a Robert M. Cover Fellow in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. At Yale, she supervised students representing immigrants and low-wage workers in civil rights actions, policy work, and community-based advocacy.Before entering law teaching, Professor Hazeldean directed the Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, providing free legal representation to homeless and at-risk LGBT youth in immigration, foster care, public benefits, and family law matters.
Professor Hazeldean received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a former Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow and a member of the New York Bar.