“Thank you for this revision and walking me through the details.  I appreciate the finesse!  The power of words is amazing.”
~ Interim Head of School, Independent School


Susan E. Schorr

Attorney

Susan is a member of the Firm’s Education Practice Group. Prior to working at the Firm, Susan was part of the in-house legal team at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she advised clinical staff on a variety of patient care issues on a real-time basis, in addition to supporting counsel handling malpractice and employment litigation. Susan also handled a range of civil litigation and administrative law matters while in private practice at Curtis Thaxter LLC in Portland, Maine.

In the independent school context, Susan is particularly experienced in counseling Heads of School on parent, child and institutional relationships and conflicts, updating enrollment agreements and parent/student and athletic handbooks; assisting with tuition collection; implementing safety and security assessments; drafting gift acceptance policies and donor agreements; and ensuring that homestay programs and trip policies adhere to best practices and legal requirements.  Susan advises non-profit clients on governance and administration; executive hiring and compensation; vendor and facilities use agreements; and data security. She is seasoned at mediation and at shepherding clients through crisis management situations.

Susan is an Overseer at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Trustee of the Atelier 505 Condominium Trust, both based in Boston.  In Maine, Susan served on the Board of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, the state’s legal aid organization, and on the Share Our Strength committee, where she helped to organize major fundraising events in support of ending childhood hunger.  Susan also has significant professional experience as a social worker and public administrator, having worked at public child welfare and social service agencies in New York City, San Francisco and Oakland, California.

LEGAL UPDATES

Massachusetts Schools: Employee And Point Of Contact Fingerprinting Has Begun

Independent Schools: Time To Update Your Policies And Procedures!

New HIPAA Regulations Require Immediate Attention

Student Handbooks – Getting It “Write”

EVENTS

ERB Annual User Conference: Student Handbooks Getting It “Write”

2014 TABS-NAIS Global Symposium: Student Handbooks Go Global – Policies For The International Student Body

NCGE Conference: Accommodating Your Girls: Applicants And Students With Disabilities

BLOG POSTS

Getting Your Head In The Game: School Concussion Policies And Protocols

Home Sweet Home: It May Not Be So Sweet…

E-Rate Funding: A Trigger For Compliance With Other Federal Laws?

“Our House Is A Very, Very Fine House” … Best Practices With Homestays

Heads Up!

Gift Acceptance Policies and Donor Agreements: Be Careful What You Wish For

Conducting A “Safe Harbor” Analysis For Senior Administrators’ Compensation

Update On The New Massachusetts Fingerprinting Law and Its Potential Impact On Summer Camps Operated by Independent Schools

Susan E. Schorr (2013)

Contact

sschorr@shpclaw.com

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Education

  • Boston College Law School (2005)
  • Columbia University, School of Social Work, MSW and School of International and Public Affairs, MPA (1998)
  • Yale University, B.A. (1987)
  • Milton Academy (1983)
  • The Park School (1979)

Clerkship

  • Justices Donald H. Marden, Nancy Mills and S. Kirk Studstrup, Maine Superior Court

Awards and Accolades

  • Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine          
  • Journal of Law & Social Justice (formerly Third World Law Journal), Senior Articles Editor 
  • Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work

Bar Admissions

Maine
Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • First Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association

Related Practices

Compliance
Counseling
Education
Litigation
Training