In Memoriam: Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Chicago-Kent community mourns the death of Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg, a gifted lawyer and teacher and a cherished colleague and friend who mentored hundreds of Chicago-Kent students in the art of legal research and writing. Professor Ehrenberg died September 26 at her home in Evanston following a brief illness.

Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg
Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg

“Suzanne was a great teacher, a wonderful colleague and a skillful administrator,” said Dean Harold Krent. “We will miss her tremendously and treasure her contributions to our law school for many years to come.”

Professor Ehrenberg joined Chicago-Kent’s faculty in 1985, serving for many years as associate director of the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program. She taught a broad range of courses, including Legal Research and Writing, Remedies, Law and Literature, Corporations, Communication and Legal Reasoning, and Appellate Procedure. She also authored a number of scholarly articles about the legal research and writing process.

“Suzanne was a devoted teacher, relentlessly rigorous but also compassionate and funny with her students,” said Professor Elizabeth De Armond, director of Chicago-Kent’s Legal Research and Writing Program. “She earned their respect and their gratitude, and was a fierce believer in the power of strong analysis and communications skills to make not just better lawyers, but better thinkers.”

Professor Ehrenberg grew up on the South Side of Chicago near the Museum of Science and Industry. She received her B.A. from Williams College (magna cum laude), where she majored in American history and literature, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Before joining Chicago-Kent, she practiced law for four years with the Chicago firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt and served as a staff attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The Chicago-Kent community extends its condolences to Professor Ehrenberg’s husband, Steven Greenberger, and to her children, Joshua and Julia.