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Domestic Violence Clinic
111 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Clinic Faculty & Staff
Director, Professor of Law
Professor Epstein has directed the Domestic Violence Clinic since 1993, and has spent more than 20 years working as an advocate for victims of family abuse. She co-chaired the design and implementation of the D.C. Superior Court's Domestic Violence Court, which has fundamentally restructured the way civil and criminal family abuse cases are handled. Specialized judges preside over all family law, civil protection order, and criminal cases involving domestic abuse; a multi-agency approach is employed to decrease the incidence of family violence and to improve litigants' access to crucial legal, medical, and social services. Until 2000, Professor Epstein directed the court's new Domestic Violence Intake Center, a "one-stop shopping" center where victims can obtain assistance and advocacy in their civil and criminal court cases as well as crisis intervention counseling and support.
Professor Epstein's publications in this area include: LISTENING TO BATTERED WOMEN: A SURVIVOR-CENTERED APPROACH TO ADVOCACY, MENTAL HEALTH, AND JUSTICE (APA Press, 2008); Intimate Partner Violence in the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems, in STRESS IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM (Fall 2012); The Victim-Informed Prosecution Project: A Quasi-Experimental Test of a Collaborative Model for Cases of Intimate Partner Violence, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (2009); Refocusing on Women: A New Direction for Policy and Research on Intimate Partner Violence, 20 J. INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE 479 (2005); Transforming Aggressive Prosecution Policies: Policies: Prioritizing Victims' Long-Term Safety in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases, 11 AM. J. GENDER, SOC. POLC'Y & LAW 465 (2003); Procedural Justice: Tempering the State's Response to Domestic Violence, 43 WM. & MARY L.REV. 1843 (2002); and Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence Cases: Rethinking the Roles of Prosecutors, Judges, and the Court System, 11 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 3 (1999).
Professor Epstein has served as a member of the D.C. Superior Court's Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the D.C. Mayor's Commission on Violence Against Women, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Training Needs of Health Professionals to Respond to Family Violence, and the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, and a Board Member of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Rachel Camp joined the Georgetown faculty as a visiting associate professor in 2011. She currently co-directs the Domestic Violence Clinic. From 2008-2011, Professor Camp was on faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law's Family Law Clinic as a Clinical Teaching Fellow. While at UB, Professor Camp supervised law students representing clients in family law cases and domestic violence civil protection order hearings, and co-taught a weekly seminar on lawyering and litigation skills. Additionally, Professor Camp worked to integrate into the Family Law Clinic curriculum a community legal education component, and has supervised law students on a variety of community legal education and systemic legal reform projects. Professor Camp's co-authored article on integrating community legal education into clinical programs was published in the 2012 Clinical Law Review. From 2000-2008, Professor Camp served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice. While there, she served as counsel for a variety of state agencies, including the Department of Human Services in matters involving child abuse and neglect. Prior to her employment at the Oregon Department of Justice, Professor Camp was an attorney at the Maryland Disability Law Center representing patients at a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital in civil and administrative matters. Professor Camp's scholarship focuses on the child welfare system and the intersection of domestic violence and pregnancy.
Danielle Pelfrey Duryea
Danielle Pelfrey Duryea was most recently a litigation associate in the Government Enforcement practice group at Ropes & Gray LLP. Danielle was also founding co-lead for the firm's award-winning pro bono medical-legal partnerships, which provide free housing, immigration, education, public benefits, and family law representation to patients of Boston's Dorchester House community health clinic and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.
While earning her J.D. at Georgetown (2007), Danielle was a student in the Domestic Violence Clinic, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and worked full-time in the Domestic Violence and International Women's Human Rights Clinics. Before law school, Danielle was an academic editor and Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where she taught undergraduate literature and composition courses. Her scholarly interests included feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic theories and practices as well as modern Irish literature and culture. In addition, she has worked in the public relations industry as a strategist and writer serving corporate and not-for-profit clients. She also holds an M.A. in English and Women's Studies from UVA and a B.A. from Yale.
Prior to joining the Domestic Violence Clinic, Courtney Cross worked at Our Place DC, a women's re-entry organization, first as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and then as a staff attorney. During her time at Our Place DC, Courtney focused her practice on the intersection of the re-entry process and violence against women. Courtney represented formerly incarcerated clients in domestic violence and family court and represented incarcerated survivors in revocation hearings in front of the U.S. Parole Commission; she also conducted legal clinics and legal education classes for women at DC's women's jail and provided legal advice and assistance on matters including housing, public benefits, and record sealing. Previously, Courtney worked as an Advocate at DC Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment.
While attending law school at NYU, Courtney participated in two clinics: a medical-legal collaborative where she represented tenants in housing court and a comparative domestic violence/criminal justice clinic where she joined a criminal defense team representing a woman accused of murdering her abusive father. She was also a senior articles editor for NYU Law's Review of Law and Social Change.
B.A. University of Vermont; J.D. Candidate Georgetown Law Center; M.P.P. Candidate Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
Chase Whiting is the Executive Assistant for both the International Women's Human Rights Clinic and the Domestic Violence Clinic, where he manages the day-to-day operations of both. Chase provides administrative and financial support for both clinics including referral and docket monitoring for the Domestic Violence Clinic and planning the annual fact-finding trips for the International Women's Human Rights Clinic.