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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.
Gillian Chadwick is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center in the Domestic Violence Clinic. Previously, she was the Director of Survivor Services at Ayuda in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, where she supervised legal and social services staff and represented immigrant victims of gender-based violence in domestic violence, domestic relations, and immigration matters in Washington, DC. She also worked as an Arnold & Porter Equal Justice Works Fellow at Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), where she focused on economic and employment issues facing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Gillian is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar, and the University of Maryland, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Megan Challender serves as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Domestic Violence Clinic. Megan previously worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at Break the Cycle where she provided direct legal representation to 12 to 24 year old survivors of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Megan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Kansas State University with a B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies and earned her JD, Cum Laude from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.
During law school, Megan participated in two clinics: the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic where she provided holistic legal services to families infected and affected with HIV and the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic where she represented immigrants seeking cancellation of removal. Megan also served as the Symposium Editor of the UDC Law Review. Megan brings a background in event coordination and experience at a variety of non-profits, educational organizations and grassroots campaigns to her work.
Briana Hauser is the Executive Assistant for both the International Women's Human Rights Clinic and the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she manages the day-to-day operations of both. Briana graduated from Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Psychology. Her work for the clinics includes referral and docket monitoring for the Domestic Violence Clinic, planning the annual fact-finding trips for the International Women's Human Rights Clinic, and providing administrative and financial support for both.