Professor Susan A. McMahon has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center since 2011. Her scholarly work focuses on the impact of legal systems on individuals living with mental health conditions. She has written on issues such as the forcible medication of defendants found incompetent to stand trial, the effects of lengthy pre-trial detentions on individuals with mental health conditions, and the ways stigma against individuals with mental illness manifests in various laws. Her work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Criminal Law Review, and other legal journals, and one of her pieces was named a “must-read” by the Getting Scholarship into Court Project of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Professor McMahon was a law student at Georgetown and graduated magna cum laude. After graduation, Professor McMahon joined Debevoise & Plimpton, where she represented clients in white-collar criminal defense cases, intellectual property disputes, and federal criminal cases. She also represented, pro bono, several Guantanamo Bay detainees in their habeas corpus petitions before federal courts. All of her clients were eventually released from detention. From 2008 to 2009, she clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Before attending law school, Professor McMahon was an award-winning reporter for The Sun in Lowell, Mass.



Sonya G. Bonneau & Susan A. McMahon, Legal Writing in Context (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2017).
Susan A. McMahon & Michael J. Cedrone, Internal Investigations Simulation: Evaluating Corruption in Corporate Transactions (Wash., D.C.: Georgetown Law Library 2017).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Susan A. McMahon, Pandemic as Opportunity for Competence Restoration Decarceration, 2 Ariz. St. L.J. Online 207-220 (2020).
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Susan A. McMahon, Gun Laws and Mental Illness: Ridding the Statutes of Stigma, 5 U. Pa. J.L. & Pub. Aff. 133-187 (2020).
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Susan A. McMahon, Reforming Competence Restoration Statutes: An Outpatient Model, 107 Geo. L.J. 601-645 (2019).
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