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.
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; her newest title is Federal Legal Research. She has written articles on the Americans with Disabilities Act and on legal writing programs and pedagogy. 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. Most recently, in 2016, she was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.