SUMA MATHAI is part of the social work adjunct faculty. She completed a joint juris doctor/Master of Social Work degree at USC and was awarded an Equal Justice Works postgraduate law fellowship to provide advocacy and education for teens. As a public interest attorney, she focuses her law practice on advocacy for teens and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
Prior to joining USC, Mathai served as associate director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit agency that provides free legal services to low-income families. During her tenure at LACLJ, she developed and managed new projects, including a social work case management program and a pro bono volunteer program, as well as programs serving self-represented litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
Mathai has been working with children and families since 1993, and continues to work with nonprofit agencies to provide resources for survivors of domestic violence.
University of Southern California: J.D. 2000
University of Southern California: M.S.W. 2000
Arizona State University: B.S. 1996
Areas of Expertise (3)
Industry Expertise (4)
Public Service Award (professional)
South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation
Public Interest Attorney of the Year (professional)
USC Gould School of Law Public Interest Law
Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council
Community Activism Award (professional)
South Asian Network