Susan E. Cancelosi
Office: Room 3255
Telephone: (313) 577-3952
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B.B.A., B.A., Southern Methodist University
J.D., Cornell University Law School
LL.M., University of Houston Law Center
Professor Cancelosi teaches elder law and employee benefits, as well as trusts and decedentsí estates. Her research focuses on elder law and retiree benefits, with particular attention to the interaction of the Medicare system with employment-based retiree health benefits.
Before joining the Wayne State University Law School faculty, Professor Cancelosi was a research professor with the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, where she focused primarily on research into various health care finance issues and taught both employee benefits and elder law. For the preceding five years, she was a director in Tax & Legal Consulting Services for Buck Consultants, a national human resources consulting firm. Before joining Buck, Professor Cancelosi worked as a manager with Deloitte & Touche in its employee benefits consulting practice. She began her legal career as an employee benefits attorney with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, later joining the benefits practice at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, and also served for several years as assistant general counsel for The Associates, a large publicly traded finance company based in Dallas in the 1990s. Her private practice work covered the full range of employee benefits issues, from traditional retirement plan benefits to all types of welfare benefits and executive compensation.
Professor Cancelosiís interest in elder law stems from years of volunteer work in Texas with The Senior Source, a United Way agency based in Dallas that focuses on serving the senior population of the North Texas region. In addition to offering pro bono advice at clinics for the elderly and speaking to numerous senior citizensí groups, Professor Cancelosi served for several years as a volunteer guardian for a senior citizen in a nursing home near Dallas.
Professor Cancelosi graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelorís degree in history and a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing, both cum laude. She graduated from Cornell Law School cum laude, serving as symposium editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. She also holds an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston Law Center.
Revisitin Employer Prescription Drug Plans for Medicare-Eligible Retirees in the Medicare Part D Era,6 Hous. J. Health L. & Políy 85 (Fall 2005)
- June 18, 2009
Susan Cancelosi was an invited speaker at an ICLE conference on "Basics of Advising Elderly Clients & Those with Disabilities," held in Plymouth, Mich. Her presentation covered government benefits for the elderly and disabled, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and veterans' benefits.
- June 12, 2009
Susan Cancelosi was an invited presenter at the AALS mid-year meeting's Workshop on Work Law, speaking on "ERISA Preemption and Health Benefits: Reform Efforts" in Long Beach, California.
- May 29, 2009
Susan Cancelosi presented a paper on "Risk-Shifting and Retiree Benefits" at the Law and Society Association's annual meeting in Denver. She presented the same paper June 6, 2009, at the 32nd Annual Health Law Professors Conference sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, held this year at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.
- April 20, 2009
Susan Cancelosi was an invited presenter at the John Marshall Law School's 7th annual Employee Benefits Symposium. This year's Symposium focused on legal issues affecting public sector employee benefits, and Professor Cancelosi's presentation was titled "VEBAs to the Rescue?"
- November 13, 2006
Susan Cancelosi gave a presentation on "The Position of the Elderly after Part D, and How Private Employer Experience Might Preserve Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage" at Marquette University Law School's 2006 Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law on October 27.
- Susan Cancelosi was highlighted in a Legal News article titled "Golden years: Wayne Law professor goes to bat for seniors."