Susanna Dokupil

Susanna Dokupil

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Houston, TX
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ABOUT

Susanna is an appellate lawyer who has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, federal and state courts of appeals, and federal and state district courts. During her time working at the Texas Solicitor General’s office, she focused on constitutional issues such as defending the constitutionality of inserting “under God” into the Texas pledge, a memorial containing a Bible at a Houston courthouse, and seeking the death penalty for child rape before the United States Supreme Court. She has also testified in state legislatures and advised clients on government relations strategies.

When Susanna is not working, you can find her playing board games with her fiancé and four kids, cooking exotic game meat, exploring ancient ruins, and training her water dragon.

ADMISSIONS

  • E.D. Mich.
  • E.D. Tex.
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas, 2002
  • United State Supreme Court

LANGUAGE

  • English

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School
J.D.
The George Washington University
M.P.S. Strategic Public Relations
Baylor University
M.A. Church State Studies
B.A., magna cum laude, University Scholars Program

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE QUOTE

Favorite Quote

The values of an unjust society will reflect themselves in an unjust law. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed. 

Grant Gilmore, The Ages of American Law
  • Favorite Book
    Favorite Book

    Thinking Fast and Slow

    by Daniel Kahnemann

  • Favorite Vacation
    Favorite Vacation

    Hawaii

  • Favorite Meal
    Favorite Meal

    Wagyu burgers with truffle fries

  • Favorite Artist
    Favorite Artist

    HYBYCOZO

ALTERNATE CAREER PATH

Alternate Carrer Path

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be an archaeologist. 

ADMISSIONS

  • E.D. Mich.
  • E.D. Tex.
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas, 2002
  • United State Supreme Court

LANGUAGE

  • English

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School
J.D.
The George Washington University
M.P.S. Strategic Public Relations
Baylor University
M.A. Church State Studies
B.A., magna cum laude, University Scholars Program

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Susanna has performed strategic consulting regarding complex law and policy questions, including preparing talking points for CEOs meeting with government officials and advising startups and nonprofits on public relations and crisis management. Additionally, Susanna was Special Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on the confirmation hearing of a nominee to the United States Supreme Court, including analyzing the writings of the nominee and drafting questions and talking points for the Senators. Susanna has also published numerous law review articles, magazine articles, and op-eds about law and policy topics, primarily the First Amendment and judicial selection. 

She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and Line Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. She then joined the trial and appellate section of Baker Botts L.L.P. She subsequently served as of counsel at Alexander, Dubose, Jones & Townsend LLP. Most recently, she served as of counsel at the litigation boutique Seiler Mitby, PLLC. 

Susanna’s areas of expertise include:  

Civil Trial and Appellate LitigationFirst Amendment IssuesContract Negotiations and DisputesPublic Policy, Government Relations  


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Written briefs for cases before the United States Supreme Court, federal and state courts of appeals, and federal district court with a focus on constitutional issues, including First Amendment and criminal law, testified in state legislatures, advised clients on governmental relations strategies. 

Represented individuals in bankruptcy litigation, arguing a case before the Fifth Circuit.  

Defended the constitutionality of inserting “under God” into the Texas pledge, a memorial containing a Bible at a Houston courthouse, and seeking the death penalty for child rape before the United States Supreme Court, during her time working at the Solicitor General’s office 

Talks/Seminars

  • Greg Groogan’s What’s Your Point on Fox 26, Jan. 14, 2018. 
  • Central Houston Republican Women’s Club, Houston, Texas, Reaching Out to Women for 2020, Nov. 7, 2019. 
  • Kingwood Tea Party, Kingwood, Texas, Why We Need Constitutional Conservative Judges, Oct. 19, 2015 (plus introductions for Ken Paxton and Jimmy Blacklock). 
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women, Tomball, Texas, Republican Women are the Life of the Party, Mar. 24, 2015 (as Vice Chair of Harris County Republican Party). 
  • Greater Tomball Pachyderm Club, How Conservative Voters Should Evaluate State Judicial Candidates, Jan. 22, 2015 (moderated panel with Justice Brett Busby, Justice Michael Massengale, and Judge Grant Dorfman). 
  • Kingwood Tea Party Freedom Rally with Special Guest Ted Cruz, Documenting the American Dream: How We Message to People Who Don’t Agree With Us, Sep. 5, 2014 (on panel with Anita Moncrief and Kimberley Cay). 
  • The Breeding Omnipresence: Making Careers Work, Making Families Work, Harvard Federalist Society, April 13, 2010 
  • Federalist Society Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast, Salazar v. Buono and the Establishment Clause, Apr. 6, 2010, available here (with Ted Cruz and Peter Eliasberg). 
  • Harris County Civil District Judges Retreat, Supreme Court Update (with Hon. Jennifer Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit), Jul. 28, 2008. 
  • Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Staley v. Harris CountyandDisplaying Religious Symbols on Public Property, Feb. 6, 2007. 
  • Third Annual Cato Constitution Day Conference, The Supreme Court, Past and Prologue:  A Look at the October 2003 and October 2004 Terms (presenting Locke v. Davey), Sept. 17, 2004. 
  • Federalist Society Houston Lawyers Chapter, U.S. Supreme Court Round-Up: The 2003-04 Term in Review (presenting Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow and Locke v. Davey), July 1, 2004. 

Professional Associations & Board Memberships

Member of the board of advisers of The Texas Review of Law & Politics 

Member of the board of The Seasteading Institute.  

Previously served on the governing board of the Houston Symphony, as Vice President of Publications for the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group Executive Committee 

Former Vice Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party 

Former senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Action 

Founder of Documenting the American Dream, a video project that teaches core values by telling inspirational stories. 

Clerkships

Susanna clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

PRESS

  • Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness”:“Sham” Secular Purpose in Ten Commandments Displays, 28 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 609, 609-50 (2005). 
  • “Live” with TAE: Edith Jones and Theodore Olson, The American Enterprise, June 2005, at 14. 
  • Supreme Sidestep, National Review, June 15, 2004 
  • Open Door to Religious Discrimination, National Review, February 27, 2004 
  • Atlas Shrugged: An American apocalyptic tale, America’s Future Foundation, February 8, 2004 

 


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