Susan Schroeder Clark Esq.

Susan Schroeder Clark has been practicing for over 24 years as a litigator. She is a former prosecutor, defense attorney, and currently a municipal court judge. She started her career advocating for victim’s rights in the prosecutor’s office trying over 70 jury trials, and hundreds of bench trials. Her unique trial and advocacy experience has prepared her for her passion for helping children and families at all levels.

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

She began her career as a Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor where she worked for over 12 years. Ms. Clark began her legal career in 1994 where she started in the Appellate section of the Prosecutor’s Office. Upon joining the Family section (Juvenile crime/Domestic violence) of the Prosecutor’s office in 1995, Ms. Clark handled hundreds of juvenile cases. Ms. Clark successfully represented the State at trial on many of these juvenile cases, domestic violence restraining order violation cases and the often related weapons forfeiture cases before graduating to the felony trial division.

Initially, Ms. Clark spent only a brief time with the adult trial division before being promoted to the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit in 1999. She has attended Harvard Associates in Police Science for Homicide Investigation, Training Course for Narcotics Investigations – Top Gun, Child Abuse & Exploration, and Killer Cross-Examination Techniques. She received recognition for the International Association of Prosecutors in London in 2002. She was one of the first prosecutors in the State of New Jersey to civilly commit a serial sex offender for civil commitment after he maxed out on his State Prison sentence. Ms. Clark was promoted to Deputy Trial Team Leader and then Trial Team Leader of one of the three felony trial units. As a team leader, Ms. Clark was responsible for supervising and training five other Assistant Prosecutors. The training included teaching trial techniques to the less experienced members of her team. For over 20 years, Susan Clark developed and perfected her trial skills while assisting the Prosecutor’s office in training its young trial lawyers.

Adjunct Professor

Ms. Clark left the Prosecutor’s Office in 2006 to stay home with her children and work as a part-time professor at Monmouth University. She taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in the area of Evidence and Criminal Procedure, and Advanced Criminal Justice.

Clark & Clark

In December of 2007, Ms. Clark started the law firm of Clark & Clark. She has successfully defended all types of criminal cases including homicide, death by auto, drug distribution and possession offenses, white collar cases as well as juvenile matters including matters in which juveniles are being tried as adults. She had handed multiple of restraining order cases in Family Court, and defended criminal and traffic matters in municipal court.

Municipal Court Judge

Ms. Clark left the law firm of Clark & Clark in 2015 upon being appointed as a municipal court judge. She currents sits as a municipal court judge in the Township of Howell and Borough of Tinton Falls.

Susan Clark Law Group, LLC

She directed her passion for helping children and family with a focus on family law, and special needs law. Ms. Clark is married, and has two children. She aggressively represents family against the New Jersey State Agency of DYFS or DCCP. She also handles adoptions, and has personal experience in this area given she was an adoptee herself. Special education law is her passion. She has been though the IEP process with both children before she became an advocate. She knows first- hand how overwhelming the process can be. She has immersed herself in the area of Special Needs Law, and advocating for her client’s rights. If you are looking for an attorney with will take extra special attention to your matter, and fight for your rights then let our unique experience work for you.

Admissions

• New Jersey, 1994
• Pennsylvania, 1994
• U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1994

Education

• Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
• J.D. – 1994
• Monmouth University
• B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1990

Adjunct Professor

• Adjunct Professor, Graduate & Undergraduate, Monmouth University , 2006 – 2008

Honors, Associations & Organizations

• Appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee, Chair, 2015-present
• Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from International Prosecutor’s Association for work in front of the United Nations on behalf of Association
• Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities, Member
• Hot Topics in Special Education 2017: New Jersey State Bar Association
• Wrightslaw: Special Education Law 2011
• Wrightslaw: All About IEPs, 2013
• Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
• Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Member
• ABCs of Special Education Law, ICLE 2016
• Top Topics of Special Education Law, ICLE 2017
• Monmouth County Bar Association, Member
• New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
• Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
• Trial Division, Deputy Trial Team Leader, 2002
• Child Abuse & Exploitation Course, National College of District Attorneys 2002
• Homicide Investigation, Harvard Associates in Police Science, 2002Trial Division, Trial Team Leader, 2002
• Special Education Law, Wrightstown Law 2017
• Award of American Association of University Women, Ester Hymer Scholarship
• Superior Authorship Competition, Widener Law Review
• Certificate of Recognition from the FBI for work on Multijurisdictional and Multiagency Investigation of Medicare Fraud and Attempted Murder Case
• Monmouth County Bar Association, Trustee 2012- 2014
• Criminal Practice Group, Member Bar Association
• Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member 2008 – to 2015
• Prosecutor’s Office, Appellate Section Prosecutor’s Office, 1994
• Juvenile Crime and Domestic Violence, Family Section, 1999
• Top Gun, Training for Narcotics Investigators, 1998
• Trial Division, Deputy Trial Team Leader, 2002
• Child Abuse & Exploitation Course, National College of District Attorneys 2002
• Homicide Investigation, Harvard Associates in Police Science, 2002
• Trial Division, Trial Team Leader, 2002
• New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Continuing Legal Education
• Councilperson, Howell Township, New Jersey 2008-2011
• Trial Advocacy, National College of District Attorneys, Division of Criminal Justice Academy, Trenton, N.J., September 20 1996-October 4, 1996.
• Killer Cross-Examination Techniques, Larry S. Posner & Roger Dodd, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, N.J., December 1998.
• Top Gun, Training Course for Narcotics Investigations and Prosecutors, American Prosecutors Research Institute, Sea Girt, N.J., June 12-16, 1998.
• Child Abuse & Exploitation Course, National College of District Attorneys, San Antonio, T.X., November 8-12,2000.
• Homicide Investigation, Harvard Associates in Police Science, Baltimore, MA, May 20-24, 2002.
• Technical Cross-Examination, National District Attorneys Association, Columbia, S.C., October 14-18, 2002.
• Advanced Trial Advocacy, National District Attorney Association, Columbia, S.C., August 2-8, 2003.
• Instructor, Municipal Court, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey State Bar Association 2011 to present
• New Municipal Court Rules, Garden State CLE, August 2012
• Criminal Practice & Parole, Monmouth County Bar Association, May 2012
• Technology & Legal Profession, Monmouth County Bar Association, May 2012
• Managing Motor Vehicle Searches, Garden State CLE, November 2011
• Alcotest Trial, Garden State CLE, June 30, 2011
• Ethical Considerations in DWI Prosecutions, Garden State CLE, May 2011
• Judicial Training, Trenton, September 2015
• Judicial Training, Ethics/Bail Guidelines February 2016 Judge Training, Ethics/Bail Guidelines February 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
• Who’s Who American Law School, International Prosecutor’s Association
• Recipient, Ester Hymer Scholarship, American Association of University Women

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