Diane M. Sumoski
Director of the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, Director of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children's Rights, and Associate Clinical Professor
Diane M. Sumoski, Director of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, Director of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children's Rights, and Associate Clinical Professor. B.A., 1984 Franklin & Marshall College; J.D., 1987 Cornell Law School (cum laude). Professor Sumoski, in her clinical course, teaches child advocacy law as well as investigative, case preparation, and trial advocacy skills. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Sumoski began her legal career at the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P., where she became a Partner in 1993. Professor Sumoski served as Pro Bono Partner at Carrington Coleman for fifteen years and supervised associates in all family law pro bono cases at the firm. She also served on the firm’s Executive Committee for five years. After joining the faculty at SMU Dedman School of Law in 2013, she became Of Counsel at the firm.
Ms. Sumoski is currently serving on the Exam Commission to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in connection with the child welfare law specialization. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010. She has held numerous leadership positions in the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, including, Director of the Section’s Public Service Division, Chair of the Expert Witnesses Committee, Chair of the Woman Advocate Committee, Chair of the Special Committee of the Future of Multidistrict Litigation, and Co-Chair for the Section’s Annual Meeting. Professor Sumoski also has served as Chair of the Host Committee for the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference. Professor Sumoski is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association from 2009 to 2015. She has served as Chair of numerous DBA committees, resulting in her being awarded with the JoAnna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair award in both 2008 (for her service as the Chair of the Pro Bono Activities Committee) and 2012 (for her service as Chair of the Judiciary Committee). With respect to her pro bono efforts in private practice, Professor Sumoski received the Women’s Legal Advocacy Award from Legal Services of Northwest Texas in 2010 for her work benefiting women and children and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s award for Outstanding Pro Bono Coordinator in 1998 and 2005. She also served as Chair of the DBA’s Equal Access to Justice Campaign, which raises funds to support pro bono legal services to the poor as provided through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and Legal Services of North Texas. Professor Sumoski is also a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Northwest Texas.
Professor Sumoski is admitted to practice law in all Districts of Texas as well as in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and is a Life Fellow in the Dallas Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation.