About the Faculty

Susan R. Jones
Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Supervisor

Susan R. Jones is a Professor of Clinical Law and a member of the full-time faculty at The George Washington University Law School. Since 1988 she has been Director and Supervising Attorney of the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic (SBCED Clinic). She is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar having served as Vice-Chair to the DC Bar (CED) Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee. She was a 2006 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and in 2003–2004 she was the Haywood Burns Visiting Chair in Civil Rights at the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College.

Professor Jones was the 2006 chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education and she served on the executive committee of that section and as chair of the Section on Africa. She was a member of the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Legal Education and is a former chair of the AALS Section on Poverty Law. Presently, she serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills and as co-chair of the Transactional Clinics Committee of the AALS Clinical Section.

In addition to her work with the AALS, Professor Jones has held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association (ABA) including service on the governing committee of ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, editor-in-chief and senior editor of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and co-chair of the Forum’s Legal Educators’ Practice Division. She is a co-founder and past co-chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA Section on Business Law and she served on the ABA Business Law Education Committee as well as on the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

Professor Jones is a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2002) and a member of Leadership Washington (1996).

Her scholarly pursuits include numerous published articles in the field of community economic development and small business. She is the author of A Legal Guide to Microenterprise Development (ABA Publishing) and co-editor of Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers and Policymakers. Prof. Jones was awarded Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for distinctive service to the greater Washington, DC creative community and for 20 years of service on the WALA Board of Directors. In addition to her scholarly and practical work in transactional law, small business, community economic development, microenterprise development, and social entrepreneurship, Professor Jones has research interests in community economic development, international/comparative community economic development, nonprofit organizations and charitable giving, minority entrepreneurship, arts and entertainment, the creative economy and social entreprenership.

Etienne Toussaint
Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow 

Etienne Toussaint joins the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic, directed by Professor Susan Jones. Previously, he worked as a Project Finance Associate with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and subsequently as a Law & Policy Fellow with the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, he worked as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on environmental policy analysis and sustainable development initiatives. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he was designated a Ronald McNair Scholar and received the Alpha Phi Alpha Distinguished Collegiate Award. He also completed an MS in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Graduate Student Adviser for Engineers Without Borders. Professor Toussaint earned his JD at Harvard Law School, where he was a student-attorney in the Transactional Law Clinic, the Ghana Human Rights Clinic, and the Harvard Defenders, while also serving as an editor of the Environmental Law Review, Vice-President of the Board of Student Advisers, and a member of the National Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association.

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