Susan L. Downs MS, JD

Susan L. Downs MS, JD

Raleigh, North Carolina
800-755-1987 (Toll-Free)
I’m Susan Downs and I’ve lived in Raleigh for fourteen years.  I love it here.  I grew up in central Pennsylvania and I’m a die-hard Penn State football fan.  I graduated from the NCCU School of Law Evening Program so will always be a #SoaringEagle.  Before becoming a lawyer, I taught tenth grade history and philosophy as a professor.  In my spare time, I spoil my pug Sophie and love salsa dancing!


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • Juris Doctorate - 2018
  • University of Utah
    • Master of Science - 2006
    • Major: Philosophy
  • University of Vermont
    • Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 1997
    • Major: Philosophy


  • Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh NC, 2011 - 2014
  • Professor, School of Professional Studies, William Peace University, Raleigh NC, 2014
  • Co-Chair of Western Studies, Instructor of Humanities & Social Sciences, Saint Mary’s School, 2005 - 2009
  • Academic Management Consultant, Concordia Academia, Raleigh NC, 2009 - 2011
  • Director of Education, Sylvan Learning Centre, Salt Lake City, UT, 2003 - 2005
  • Tutor & Advanced Reading Coach (promoted to Director of Education), Sylvan Learning Centre, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002 - 2003
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1998 - 2001

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina, Appellate Intern to First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer May-Parker and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristine Fritz. Researched and drafted federal motions and briefs for the Appellate Division, 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • National High School Mock Trial volunteer with Superior Court Judge William Pittman, Wake County Superior Courthouse, NC, 2015
  • Essay Contest Judge, National History Day Competition, Raleigh NC, 2014
  • Founder and Director of Millennium Development Goal Project (sent 500 malaria nets to African community), 2008
  • Head Start Program reading tutor, grades 2-5 (Salt Lake City, UT), 1998 - 2005