Susan Smith Canavello

Degree and Year: 
BA 1973
Professional Title: 
Associate Area Counsel
Employer: 
IRS Office of Chief Counsel

Professional Background: 
Legal Secretary 1973-1977; Tulane Law School, 1977-1980 (J.D. 1980); Law Department, Exxon Company USA, 1980-1986; Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, 1987-2005 (Trial Attorney); 2005 to present (Associate Area Counsel)(head of office)

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
My legal career has required me to do extensive writing and in my current position, I review and edit written product every day. I have also taught an internal class on improved legal writing for IRS Counsel attorneys for six years.