From her writings on recent free speech controversies at Corning Community College and Central New Mexico Community College, Torch readers may have surmised that FIRE has made a recent addition to its staff. And they’d be right! We’re very pleased to welcome Susan Kruth to FIRE as a Program Officer in our Individual Rights Defense Program.
Susan earned her B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003, with a concentration in music and film. Work on a handful of short film and documentary projects fostered an interest in the constitutional protections afforded to filmmakers, leading her ultimately to study at the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to her legal studies, she served as musical director of the law school’s a cappella group, the A Cappellate Opinions, and performed in UVA Law’s spring musical comedy program, the Libel Show. She earned her J.D. in 2011 and is now a member of the Virginia State Bar. After her graduation, she completed a fellowship with the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has also completed civil rights internships with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & AIDS Project.
Susan also briefly served as a legal fellow for FIRE last year, and we’re thrilled to bring her on full-time. As a Program Officer, she will assist in the management of FIRE’s heavy caseload. She will also be a significant contributor to the Torch, helping ensure that FIRE continues covering the most important free speech issues in higher education, and that our message reaches those who need FIRE’s help most.
Please join us in extending Susan a warm welcome!