After receiving her J.D. from Georgetown Law, Professor McMahon joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she specialized in securities litigation, white collar criminal defense, and intellectual property disputes. She also represented several Guantanamo Bay detainees in their habeas corpus petitions before federal courts. From 2008 to 2009, Professor McMahon was law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, she was an award-winning reporter for The Sun in Lowell, MA.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Decisions near for man charged with aiding radicals Decisions near for man charged with helping Syria radicals," coverage by Winston-Salem Journal (NC), August 1, 2018, featuring Professor Susan McMahon.
"US judge deems mentally ill man fit for trial in terror case," coverage by WTOP (DC), April 13, 2017, referencing a 2013 study by Associate Professor Susan McMahon.
“Court Considers Medication in Terror Suspect Case,” coverage by ABC News, May 12, 2016, referencing a 2013 study conducted by Professor Susan McMahon.
"Judge Orders Mentally Ill Man Medicated in Terrorism Case," coverage by ABC News, October 14, 2015, citing to a 2013 report by Professor Susan McMahon. Further coverage is in the News & Observer.