Susan is co-chair, along with Kristina Supler, of KJK’s Education Law and Student Defense Practice Group. She and Kristina also co-chair the firm’s Criminal, Cyber and White-Collar Practice Group.
Recognizing the need for legal services dedicated to protecting students, professors and individuals with disabilities, Susan handles matters ranging from special education issues, student disciplinary matters and Title IX investigations. Susan has the knowledge and experience required to navigate due process complaints and the shaping of 504 Plans and Individualized Education Programs. She also handles student matters involving hazing, bullying and social media.
Susan has gained a national reputation for representing students and professors in campus Title IX cases. She is routinely hired as a student advisor for the campus investigation and hearing phase of proceedings and is also retained to handle subsequent university level appeals. Her talent as a student advisor has led to her representing Greek organizations and athletes, as well as other professionals accused of sexual harassment. When cases do not resolve at the university level, she has experience fighting in state and federal courts around the country to obtain favorable outcomes for her clients.
Susan has a deep understanding of mental health and neurological disorders. She is particularly experienced working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which allows her to formulate creative defenses for those individuals with ASD facing discipline at school or being investigated by law enforcement. Susan is sensitive to the multiple challenges facing this growing population.
Given her experience representing individuals with mental health issues and the rise in students facing parallel criminal charges, Susan’s skills are frequently called upon in the criminal justice system. Susan partners with Kristina to represent people of all ages charged with crimes in the state and federal systems. Their clients have faced a variety of charges ranging from misdemeanors to high-level felonies.
Susan is a nationally published author and blogger on topics related to education law. She has lectured on subjects that vary from Twice Exceptional Students, FERPA and the handling of educational records, and how to determine when behavioral issues arise out of disabilities of students. She has also spoken throughout the country at conferences on Title IX. Susan is regularly called upon by families and outside therapists to consult on legal matters affecting children.
- Skidmore College, Certificate of Completion, Restorative Justice Training
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1991
- Miami University, B.A., Speech Communication, Political Science, 1988
- Ohio State Bar Association, Member
- Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Member
- Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
- Families Advocating for Campus Equality, Member
- Stop Abusive & Violent Environments, Member
- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Member
- Ohio State Courts
- New Jersey State Courts
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Handling the School Investigative Process, Fourth Annual Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault, March 2018
- Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?, Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, March 2018
- National Business Institute, Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know (FERPA), December 2017
- Restorative Justice – a better alternative to the Title IX Hearing Process, Title IX ExecuSummit, July 2017
- A School of Options: How an attorney and advocate can open doors to new services for your child, International Dyslexia Association of Northern Ohio, Notre Dame College, November 2016
- How to Prevent a Title IX Lawsuit, Title IX ExecuSummit, July 2016
- Women in Leadership, Cleveland Jewish News, Eton, February 2016
- Wrongful Imprisonment Settlement Interview, WEWS, February 2016
- Top 10 Tips for Parents, Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Independence Civic Theater, November 2014
- IEP Process – Protecting your Child’s Rights in School, Protecting your Special Needs Child, South Pointe Hospital, October 2012
SELECTED ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Opinion: Due Process for All?, July 2018
- Revenge Porn: College Students Beware!, July 2018
- “I don’t get it”: Why college students with autism are vulnerable to charges of sexual misconduct, July 2018
- When An Accuser Cries Wolf: Repercussions for Making False Allegations of Sexual Assault On College Campuses, June 2018
- Title IX Meets Rocky Balboa: What Charges Against College Students and Sylvester Stallone Have In Common, June 2018
- Lessons for Parents About the Risks Their Children Face on Social Media, Smart Business Magazine, February 2018
- Restorative justice Conflict resolution program could be used to resolve workplace issues, Smart Business Magazine, October 2017
- Ohio’s Campus Disruption Act: Students beware, Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 2017
- Swimming in Difference Ponds Navigating the Criminal and Civil Aspects of Campus Sexual Misconduct Proceedings, Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, September 2016
- Drinking in college can lead to Title IX charges, Cleveland Jewish News, August 2016
- Do’s and don’ts of social media, SHE In The CLE, April 2016
- Understanding Alphabet Soup: A Guide to the Special Education Process, Northeast Ohio Parent LiveSpecial Resource Guide, Summer 2015
- Title IX: Addressing Sexual Discrimination and Violence in Schools, Law You Can Use, Ohio State Bar Association, July 2015
“Susan and Kristina are great lawyers. They helped me resolve an extremely difficult academic dishonesty accusation case against me at the university level. They had helpful ideas and were persistent in making sure my defense was the best it could be. They were creative in their way of utilizing outside resources that helped achieve a positive outcome. Good, prompt responses to my questions. I highly recommend them!”
Susan Stone and Kristina Supler interviewed related to case obtaining TRO for client to play football in college, Associated Press coverage, Sept. 15, 2017