“Thanks for all your excellent work. I did not expect conversations about bylaws to be so interesting, and you have taught me a lot.”
~ Board Member, Independent School


Susan E. Schorr


Susan E. Schorr 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, education litigation, education and employment counseling, education investigations (including, in particular, investigations responding to reports of sexual abuse), updating enrollment agreements and school 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.


Non-Discrimination Statements: In Sync And In Line With Your School’s Mission

Who Makes The Call And When: Mandated Reporter Laws From State To State

Monitoring Students And Faculty Online: “Big Brother” Or “Wise Risk Management”?

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”


2016 NACAC National Conference – The Legal Ramifications of Disclosure

2016 NBOA Annual Meeting – Catch as Catch Can: Communicable Illness and Vaccines

2016 NBOA Annual Meeting – Permission And Release Form

2015 NBOA Annual Meeting – Ebola, Latent TB And Other Communicable Diseases: Smart (And Legal) Approaches

2014 ERB Annual User Conference – Student Handbooks: Getting It “Write”

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

2014 NCGE Conference – Accommodating Your Girls: Applicants And Students With Disabilities


Non-Discrimination Statements: In Sync And In Line With Your School’s Mission

Who Makes The Call And When: Mandated Reporter Laws From State-To-State

Show Jumping And Steeplechase: Is Your Campus Horseback Riding Program Kentucky Derby Worthy?

Hazing Reporting Deadline In Massachusetts

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

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  • 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)


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

Awards and Accolades

  • Selected as a New England Super Lawyers® Massachusetts Rising Star (2014, 2015)
  • 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


U.S. Court of Appeals

  • First Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association

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