Suzanna K. Moran

Professor of the Practice of Law

  • Faculty


Lawyering Process, Master of Science in Legal Administration MSLA

Professional Biography

Professor Moran joined the SCOL's Lawyering Process faculty in 2007, bringing with her eight years of experience as a practicing attorney and eleven as a professional editor.

While still in law school she began her career as a legal editor for The Yearbook of International Environmental Law. She edited that publication for seven years, working with leading environmental lawyers from around the world. She later became a staff attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and edited for ELR: The Environmental Law Reporter for four years.

Professor Moran then left the field of professional writing and editing for private practice. She practiced for two years in the Denver office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, a national Tier 1 firm, and then for six more years with the boutique environmental law firm of Fognani & Associates.While in practice, Professor Moran represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters-some highly visible-related to natural resources, environmental law, and real estate, with a specific emphasis on the mining, oil and gas, and nuclear materials industries. She litigated a number of citizen suits under the federal environmental statutes; toxic tort actions in state courts; and numerous environmental cost-recovery actions. She also represented her corporate clients in transactional environmental matters and routinely counseled them on compliance, permitting, and the development and implementation of self-auditing programs.

In 2005, Professor Moran returned to editing, becoming Director of Publications at the Denver Art Museum, where she was responsible for the editorial content and quality of the museum's written materials and managed a staff of eight editors and graphic designers.

As a staff attorney for ELR: The Environmental Law Reporter, Professor Moran published extensively. She has also authored 'Commercial Leasing and Environmental Hazards' in Negotiating and Structuring Real Estate Transactions (Mark Senn, ed., Supp. 1999) (with B. Temkin) and has lectured on the topic 'Environmental Hazards Liability' at two CLE International Conferences. Outside the legal field, Professor Moran has published numerous articles in the Denver Art Museum's periodical On & Off the Wall.

Professor Moran performs with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. Her other interests include all manner of outdoor activities, reading, movies, beating back the encroaching wilderness of her backyard, and playing MMORPGs.


  • JD, Environmental Law, The University of Michigan, 1992
  • MS, Natural Resources Policy and Planning, The University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 1992
  • BA, Plan II, The University of Texas, 1989

Licensure / Accreditations

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