Professor Sullivan is the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford University. She received a B.A. from Cornell in 1976 and a B.A. from Oxford in 1978 where she was a Marshall Scholar. She received her J.D. from Harvard in 1981. Her broad experience in the practice of law includes being a clerk to Judge James L. Oakes on the U.S. Court of Appeals (1981-82), an attorney in a constitutional appellate practice (1982-84), Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard (1984-89; full professor from 1989-93), Visting Professor at USC Law Center (1991), Professor of Law at Stanford (since 1992). She has been a Robert E. Paradise Fellow (1995-96) and Dean and Richard E. Lang Professor of Law at Stanford (1999-2004).
She is a member of the Foundation Press Editorial Board and of the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is on the Board of Trustees of the Century Foundation. For her teaching she has been awarded the Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard (1992) and the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford (1996).
Her primary field is Constitutional Law, which she teaches at Stanford Law School and on which she has written leading text Constitutional Law with Gerald Gunther (New York, 2004), now in its 15th edition.
Professor Sullivan continues to practice law at the California firm Quinn Emanuel.