Susan A. Bandes is a scholar in the areas of criminal procedure and civil rights, and a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of the role of emotion in law. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Her legal career began at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. In 1980, she became staff counsel for the Illinois A.C.L.U., where she litigated a broad spectrum of civil rights cases and helped draft and secure passage of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. She joined the DePaul faculty in 1984, was named the Centennial Professor of Law in 2012, and the Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus in 2017.