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Susan Dunn is the Legal Director for the ACLU of South Carolina.

Prior to joining the ACLU of South Carolina in January 2009, Susan worked in private practice in Charleston for more than 30 years. For 12 years, beginning in the mid-1990’s, Dunn litigated a high-profile and groundbreaking constitutional case challenging a policy mandating the testing of pregnant and postpartum women at a public hospital for cocaine use, and the delivery of those test results to law enforcement. Her clients ultimately won a favorable ruling in the United States Supreme Court that led to a settlement of the case.

Susan was the 1998 recipient of the Jean Galloway Bissell Award, presented annually by the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association to a person who has contributed to the advancement of women in the practice of law in South Carolina.

Susan received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of NC-Chapel Hill. She is an active member of Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, where she served as a lay minister from 1999-2009.