Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D.



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After 21 years as a Senior Fellow with the Government Affairs Institute (GAI), Susan Sullivan Lagon took the position of Nonresident Senior Fellow with GAI in August, 2015. Before coming to GAI, she taught American Politics and Constitutional Law in the Government Department at Georgetown, and continues to teach Constitutional Law there as an adjunct. Her prior experience includes a stint as a book editor at Congressional Quarterly, where she was a frequent speaker on CQ’s “Understanding Congress” seminars. She has spoken to numerous groups including the Fulbright Scholars Program, the World Bank, various embassies, and more than 500 international visitors groups sponsored by the State Department.

Susan grew up “inside the Beltway” and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Her Ph.D. is from Georgetown University.

Expertise:

  • Congressional Procedure
  • State of Partisanship
  • Congressional Hearings
  • House and Senate Differences
  • Constitutional Law

 

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Does Evil Lurk within the “Shadow Docket”?

Susan Sullivan Lagon | November 2, 2021

Congress provides plenty of examples of procedures that were once rarely deployed but have since become routine: Filibusters instead of debate in the Senate, Continuing Resolutions (CRs) in place of regular annual appropriations, and playing chicken with the debt ceiling are among the most obvious. Fail-safes designed for exigent circumstances have become standard operating procedure.

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First, Do No Harm

Susan Sullivan Lagon | May 5, 2021

The Supreme Court, and potential reforms to it, are again in the national spotlight.  In just one term, President Donald Trump left an indelible imprint on the federal judiciary by appointing 234 judges, 54 at the appellate level and three to the Supreme Court. Stung by Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s hasty confirmation in the waning

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