Suzann Weber Lupton, J.D.

Suzann Weber Lupton, J.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Academic Affairs
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4065
Phone: 317-274-2717

Professor Lupton joined the IUPUI public affairs faculty in 2010 after a legal career that included work in the public and private sectors. She also served as a member of adjunct faculty at the IU School of Law in Indianapolis. She is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies. Her research focuses on health philanthropy and the connections between philanthropic institutions and the state.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • J.D., Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 1991
  • B.A., English, DePauw University, 1988

Professional experience

  • Attorney at Law, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, 1997-2010
  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Adjunct Faculty
  • Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Indiana Attorney General, 1992-1997
  • Indiana Supreme Court Law Clerk, 1991-1992

Major fields of expertise

  • Nonprofit and voluntary organizations
  • Health philanthropy
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Law and Public Policy

Publications and presentations

  • "To Improve Mankind: The Work of the Showalter Research Trust," presented at: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, University of Louisville Medical School (Louisville, Kentucky), March 5-6, 2010.
  • "'America Alone': Assessing American Attitudes about International Humanitarian Relief," presented at: "Worlds Turned Upside Down: Crisis, Calamity, and Cataclysm," West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia), April 2-4, 2009.
  • "Legal and Regulatory Update," Giving USA 2008 and Giving USA 2007.
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Updates, Res Gestae, 1997-2000 (published quarterly).
  • "Isaac Blackford: First Man of the Court," 30 Indiana Law Review 319 (1997).
  • Book review: "Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn," XV Legal Studies Forum 269 (1991).
  • "Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later? The Question of Prospective Damage Claims for Genetic Injury in Wrongful Life Claims," 23 Indiana Law Review 753 (1990).

Courses taught

  • Law and Public Policy, SPEA V376
  • Nonprofit Management, SPEA V362
  • Leadership and Ethics, SPEA V412
  • Public Policy Process, SPEA V512
  • Law, Management and Public Policy, SPEA V640
  • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, SPEA, V521
  • Legal Analysis Research and Communication, LAW D520 & D521

Awards and recognition

  • Outstanding Performance Awards for Graduate Teaching, SPEA, 2008-2009 and 2007-2008
  • Jaguars' Favorite Professor, Honoree
  • Charles Whistler Pro Bono Publico Award (2007)
  • Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness Member