Assistant Dean
SuSaNi Harris

Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

University of Colorado Law School
103F Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 215D
Phone: (303) 492-4332
E-mail: susani.harris@colorado.edu

Educational Background:
J.D.   University of Denver College of Law   1984  
M.A.   University of Arizona   1978  
B.A.   University of Colorado   1976  
Bio:
On June 1, 2011, SuSaNi Harris accepted the challenge of creating the law school's new position of Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Drawing on her extensive background in the areas of law firm diversity and inclusiveness, she is pleased to help and guide the law school to further its commitment to imbedding diversity and inclusiveness into the fabric of the law school at all levels. Prior to accepting this new position, SuSaNi was the law school's Assistant Dean for Career Development. She brought to the Law School and to the Office of Career Development a wide range of relationships and experiences that she drew from in order to pursue a larger number of potential employers, and to counsel, guide, assist, and encourage students and alumni in their efforts to focus on and explore their career options, develop useful networking skills, prepare effective cover letters and resumes, and develop successful interviewing techniques. Prior to coming to the law school in 2008, Dean Harris was legal counsel for a settlement consulting firm in Houston, Texas, from 2003 to 2007, where her responsibilities included counseling the firm's president, and drafting and/or reviewing court-related trusts, such as Special Needs Trusts and Settlement Preservation Trusts, and other legal documents necessary for creating and establishing certain trusts for injured minors and/or incapacitated adults who were prevailing plaintiffs in the settlement of a personal injury lawsuit. Simultaneously, she was a solo practitioner drafting Last Wills and Testaments.

Prior to 2003, Dean Harris was an attorney at Holland & Hart, where, over her 20 years there, she practiced Oil & Gas and Mining Law, was Of Counsel, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development, and Director of Diversity and Professional Development (one of the first such positions among law firms in the nation). At Holland & Hart, she was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, counseling, development and retention of attorneys, and for guiding and assisting Holland & Hart to carry out its commitment to recruit, hire, retain and promote a diverse attorney workforce. She also provided diversity consulting to numerous Holland & Hart clients, other law firms and corporations.

Dean Harris was the primary drafter of the original Colorado Pledge to Diversity, which was initiated by Holland & Hart and signed by 23 Denver law firms on April 7, 1993. She also served twice as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the original Colorado Pledge to Diversity Law Firm Group.

SuSaNi Harris enjoys reading, telling and writing Native American Indian and African American stories and tales. She also enjoys reading American classics, books on psychology, cross-cultural and multicultural counseling, and mystery novels. She has had a special relationship with turtles since childhood, and, with the help of many of her clients when she was practicing, she has an extensive collection of ceramic, crystal, clay, silver, stone and wooded turtles. Her greatest joy is telling stories to her six grandchildren.