Suzanne Rowe has held leadership positions in all major legal writing organizations. She has served on the boards of both the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. She is a past-chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and she chaired the ABA's Communication Skills Committee. She has served on three ABA Site Visit teams. In fall 2018, she organized the LWI One-Day Workshop and ALWD Scholars Forum held at Oregon Law, and she was a plenary speaker at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in March 2019.
She is an author of six books on legal research and was the founding series editor of the Legal Research Series published by Carolina Academic Press. She has written articles on the Americans with Disabilities Act, on legal writing programs and pedagogy, and on diversity and inclusion. She originated a monthly column, The Legal Writer, in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, which takes a fresh look at writing problems.
Professor Rowe's commitment to teaching has been recognized by the law school and the university and by national organizations. In 2011, Professor Rowe received the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. In 2014, she received the Thomas F. Herman Achievement Award for Excellence in Pedagogy. Her national awards also recognize her scholarship and her mentorship. She is the 2012 recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Award for outstanding achievement in legal writing, selected by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. In 2016, she was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.