Joy Suder, JD
Joy Suder, JD

Joy Suder, JD

Assistant Professor
Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic
School of Law

Academic Appointments


  • Law


  • Assistant Professor


Joy Suder became a member of the Nebraska Bar in 2008 and began her legal career as an assistant public defender in Douglas County, Nebraska, practicing primarily in the separate juvenile and district courts. In 2014, Joy opened Suder Law, PC LLO to focus her legal practice on representing youth involved in the legal system. Joy is currently a Judge Pro-temporare for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Joy has served as a Special Appointed Magistrate for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
Joy is a certified trainer from the National Juvenile Defender Center in best practices for counsel for youth. She has been invited to train attorneys and stakeholders both locally and nationally. Joy also served as a site investigator for the National Juvenile Defender Center’s assessment of the access to, and quality of, legal representation for youth in the state of Kansas.
In Douglas County, Joy serves on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) as co-chair of the data subcommittee, the Douglas County Guardian ad Litem Task Force, and is co-chair of the Subcommittee on Education Standards for Juvenile Practitioners for the Through the Eyes of the Child team. On the state level, Joy is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association (NSBA), is an elected representative to the NSBA House of Delegates, and is the Vice Chair of the Juvenile Law Section.
Joy is a past member of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council and was part of the 2012-2013 Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy. In 2011 Joy was selected by Through the Eyes of the Child to attend the National Association of Counsel for Children conference in San Diego, California. For five years, Joy taught business law at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the college of business administration.
Joy lives in Omaha with her husband and two sons, volunteering at their schools as much as possible, and yelling the loudest from the sidelines at their various sporting endeavors.