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Suma Mathai - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Suma Mathai Suma Mathai

Adjunct Lecturer | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Suma Mathai focuses on advocacy for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and access to justice.


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 on advocacy for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and access to justice.

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, and represented clients in their restraining order and custody cases.

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.

Education (3)

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)

Family Law

Advocacy for Immigrants Survivors of Domestic Violence

Advocacy for Teens

Industry Expertise (3)

Legal Services



Accomplishments (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

Commendation (professional)

Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council

Community Activism Award (professional)

South Asian Network