Susan Yorke
Susan Yorke

Susan Yorke is counsel at the California Appellate Law Group in San Francisco and teaches the Ninth Circuit Practicum at Berkeley Law. She has litigated a wide range of appellate matters in state and federal courts, with a focus on Ninth Circuit practice. She has also co-authored several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Susan’s academic and practical writing has been published in a variety of forums, including the Washington Law Review, Vermont Law Review, NY Law Journal, Recorder, and Daily Journal. Her academic research focuses on judicial decision making and the effect of procedure on appellate opinions. She is currently a co-editor of the ABA’s Appellate Practice Journal.

Susan previously served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice and as court counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. Prior to that, she clerked for Judge Susan P. Graber and Judge Edward Leavy of the Ninth Circuit. She received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Williams College.

Columns by Susan Yorke
Chamber of Commerce v. Bonta: A Temporary Reprieve for California AB 51, Which Prohibits Conditioning Employment on the Waiver of the Right To Litigate?

NYU Law professor Samuel Estreicher and appellate lawyers Rex Heinke and Susan Yorke discuss a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in which the appellate court reinstated California AB 51, which prohibits employers from conditioning employment on an applicant’s waiver of various rights, including the right to litigate. The authors note that the ruling creates a circuit split and may even be at odds with recent Supreme Court case law.