Suma Mathai co-teaches Introduction to Lawyer-Client Relationship at UCLA School of Law. She is currently a contract attorney with the Judicial Council of California. She is also an adjunct lecturer at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she teaches a graduate policy course. As a public interest attorney, Mathai focuses on access to justice issues and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence.
Previously, Mathai was a managing attorney and Associate Director at Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a non-profit agency that provides free legal services to low-income families. During her tenure at LACLJ, she developed and managed new projects, including a pro bono volunteer program, a social work case management program, and programs serving self-represented litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. She also represented teens and immigrant survivors of domestic violence in their family law cases. She has been working with children and families for 25 years.