Achievement Award in Business, 2013
When Susan Crowley arrived on campus from New Lenox, Illinois, Drew saw a brilliant student with a very promising future. Her achievements so far prove the wisdom of those early assessments.
Susan, a Drew Scholar, was already interested in international affairs in high school, and her interest inspired her to major in political science and Russian area studies. An enthusiastic student of Douglas Simon’s courses, she participated in the United Nations Semester and studied in Moscow with a Dickinson College summer program. By the time she graduated summa cum laude, she had been elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to honor societies in both her majors, and had been active in The Forest, especially in the Gibbons Pre-Law Society, the Russian Studies club, events on campus, and intramurals as captain of Women’s Ultimate Frisbee.
From Drew, Susan went to Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned a J.D. cum laude in 1996. Her next step was the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP, where she was an associate in the Washington D.C. office, and became senior counsel in 2003 and partner two years later. In February 2007, Susan joined the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and was elected partner in January 2011. At Bryan Cave, Susan specializes in international trade.
For her clients, Susan interprets the legal complexities of international trade laws and regulations and the means of complying with them. Her work includes matters concerning International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. anti-boycott laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She designs and implements compliance programs, holds training sessions, designs and leads internal audits and reviews to ensure compliance, and conducts due diligence reviews related to export controls, trade sanctions, and anti-corruption matters. She represents clients in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. She is a frequent speaker on compliance issues, and she has published articles in her field.
Most of Susan’s volunteer activities are centered on professional organizations. Among others, she has been active in the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association, where she has chaired the Steering Committee; the International Practice Section of the Virginia Bar Association, where she is a member of the Board of Governors; and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She has been a board member and treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation.
Susan is married to Scott Kovarovics, who works in conservation and outdoor recreation as executive director of the Izaak Walton League of America. They live in Arlington, Virginia, with their children, Ryan (12) and Kara (10). Outside of the office, Susan enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and keeping up with her family.