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Joy M . Suder, JD

Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

Assistant Professor


School of Law
Faculty - Law
Administration - Law
LAWC - Ahmanson Law Center - 223a

Joy M . Suder, JD

Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

Assistant Professor

Joy M. Suder, J.D., has been practicing law in Nebraska since 2008, first as a public defender in Douglas County, next in private practice, and now as the Director of the Juvenile Justice Legal Clinic at Creighton University School of Law. Joy is a Special Appointed Magistrate for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and has also served as Judge Pro-temporare for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.
Joy is a certified trainer from the Gault Center (formerly National Juvenile Defender Center) in best practices for defense counsel for youth. She has been invited to train attorneys and stakeholders both locally and nationally, and currently serves on the Gault Center’s National Advisory Board as well as a Co-regional Director for the North Central Region of the United States.
Joy serves on the advisory board for the Juvenile Justice Certificate Program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Juvenile Justice Institute and School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA), is an elected representative to the NSBA House of Delegates, and is a past-Chair of the Juvenile Law Section of the NSBA.
Joy lives in Omaha with her husband and sons, cheering the loudest from the sidelines at their various sporting, artistic, and academic endeavors. (The cheering is not always appreciated at the academic endeavors.)

Curriculum Vitae




Assistant Professor


  • Family Law Practice Manual
    Suder Joy M., Emancipation of minors [Book Chapter] 2019


  • Nebraska Lawyer
    Suder Joy M., Kids need lawyers, too
    24:2, p. 11 - 13 2021


  • Representing youth in the criminal system 2022
  • Ethics of child representation 2021
  • Ethics of child representation 2020
  • Douglas County juvenile justice system map and processes 2019
  • Ethics of child representation 2019
  • Advocating for alternatives to detention 2018
  • Dealing with differences 2018
  • Working with legal counsel in court-involved cases 2018
  • Advocacy from intake to detention 2018
  • Advocating for alternatives to detention 2018
  • The role of juvenile defense & court procedures 2018
  • Juvenile justice 101 2018
  • Nebraska State Bar Association School Attorneys & Juvenile Attorneys Seminar presentation 2017
  • Role of juvenile defense & other helpful tips 2017
  • Challenging juveniles statements 2017
  • Nuts & bolts seminar for parent representation cases 2017
  • Fourth Amendment challenges 2017
  • Role of juvenile defense counsel 2017
  • Working with legal counsel in court-involved cases 2017
  • School house to the jail house 2017
  • Fourth Amendment challenges 2016
  • Spotlight on Nebraska youth advocates 2016
  • Introduction to alternatives to detention 2014