Susan DeCostanza

Susan
DeCostanza
Director, Guardian ad Litem for Adults
Education: 
Boston College (B.A., English Literature & Elementary Education, 2001)
DePaul University College of Law (JD, 2008)

Susan is the Director of the GAL for Adults program at CVLS and in that capacity she recruits, trains and provides extensive support for the attorneys that volunteer in that program. Susan also has extensive experience as Guardian ad litem for children and coordinates GAL volunteers in Bridgeview guardianship cases. Before joining CVLS as a staff attorney in 2010, Susan was a CVLS law student intern. In addition, she volunteered at CVLS while working at Chicago-Kent College of Law as a public interest career counselor and DePaul as pro bono program coordinator. Susan also has experience with civil rights litigation in both not-for-profit and law firm settings. A member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council, Susan received the esteemed Kimbal R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship in 2012 for her demonstrated commitment to public interest work, her academic achievement and her outstanding character and integrity. In addition to serving as guardian ad litem for children and disabled adults, Susan provides extensive volunteer support to both programs.