Deborah Epstein


Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Professor of Law

B.A., Brown; J.D., New York University

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Education, Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Law, Social Welfare

Professor Epstein joined the faculty as a visiting professor in 1993. She has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center's Domestic Violence Clinic for 20 years,...

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Professor Epstein joined the faculty as a visiting professor in 1993. She has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center's Domestic Violence Clinic for 20 years, and served as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning from 2005-2012. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases.She co-chaired the DC Superior Court's effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early, model effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse.For five years, she served as Co-Director of the court's Domestic Violence Intake Center.She serves on the NFL Players' Association Commission on Violence, and has served as Chair of the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Director of the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, and as a member of the DC Mayor's Commission on Violence Against Women, the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the House of Ruth. 

 

Featured Scholarship

  • Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Deborah Epstein & Lisa A. Goodman, Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice (Wash., D.C.: American Psychological Association 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein, Laurie Kohn et al., Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual (D.C.: Georgetown University Law Center/Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein, Beyond the Classroom: Applying the Stages of Rounds Structure to Analysis of Clinical Supervision, in Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy 162-167 (Susan Bryant, Elliott S. Milstein & Ann C. Shalleck eds., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein & Lisa A. Goodman, Domestic Violence Victims' Experiences in the Legal System, in Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System 45-61 (Monica K. Miller & Brian H. Bornstein eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2013).    [BOOK]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Deborah Epstein, Know Your Rights: A Victim's Guide to the Civil Protection Order (Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Law Center forthcoming).   

Books

  • Deborah Epstein, District of Columbia Superior Court Domestic Violence Benchbook (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 13th ed. 2015).   
  • Deborah Epstein & Laurie Kohn, Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual (Wash., D.C.: Emergency Domestic Relations Project 8th ed. 2015).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Laurie Kohn et al., Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual (D.C.: Georgetown University Law Center/Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein, District of Columbia Superior Court Domestic Violence Benchbook (D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 9th ed. 2010).   
  • Deborah Epstein & Lisa A. Goodman, Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice (Wash., D.C.: American Psychological Association 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein, District of Columbia Superior Court Domestic Violence Benchbook (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 5th ed. 2005).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Laurie Kohn et al., Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual (Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Law Center/Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) 2005).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Laurie Kohn et al., Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual (Wash., D.C.: Emergency Domestic Relations Project 3d ed. 2004).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Laurie Kohn et al., Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual (Wash., D.C.: Emergency Domestic Relations Project 2d ed. 2003).   
  • Deborah Epstein as member of the Committee on the Training Needs of Health Professionals to Respond to Family Violence, Confronting Chronic Neglect: The Education and Training of Health Professionals on Family Violence (Felicia Cohn, Marla E. Salmon & John D. Stobo eds., Wash., D.C.: National Academy Press 2002).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein & Charlotte Knox Clarke, Know Your Rights: A Victim's Guide to the Domestic Violence Justice System (Wash., D.C.: Victim Witness Assistance Unit in the Domestic Violence Unit, United States Attorney's Office: Emergency Domestic Relations Project, Sex Discrimination Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Deborah Epstein, Susan L. Brooks & Robert D. Dinerstein, A Blueprint for Experiential Education Reform: Report of the Working Group on Vision and Mission Subcommittee, 7 Elon L. Rev. 2-12 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Deborah Epstein, Laurie S. Kohn, Lauren Bennett Cattaneo, Lisa A. Goodman & Holly A. Zanville, The Victim-Informed Prosecution Project: A Quasi-Experimental Test of a Collaborative Model for Cases of Intimate Partner Violence, 15 Violence Against Women 1227-1247 (2009).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Deborah Epstein & Lisa Goodman, Refocusing on Women: A New Direction for Policy and Research on Intimate Partner Violence , 20 J. Interpersonal Violence 479-487 (2005).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Deborah Epstein, Margaret E. Bell & Lisa Goodman, Transforming Aggressive Prosecution Policies: Prioritizing Victims’ Long-Term Safety in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases, 11 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 465-498 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Deborah Epstein, Procedural Justice: Tempering the State’s Response to Domestic Violence, 43 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1843-1905 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Deborah Epstein, Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence Cases: Rethinking the Roles of Prosecutors, Judges and the Court System, 11 Yale J. L. & Feminism 3-50 (1999).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Deborah Epstein, Redefining the State's Response to Domestic Violence: Past Victories and Future Challenges, 1 Geo. J. Gender & L. 127-143 (1999).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Deborah Epstein et al., Domestic Relations, in 1 The District of Columbia Practice Manual 337-473 (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein, Beyond the Classroom: Applying the Stages of Rounds Structure to Analysis of Clinical Supervision, in Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy 162-167 (Susan Bryant, Elliott S. Milstein & Ann C. Shalleck eds., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein & Lisa A. Goodman, Domestic Violence Victims' Experiences in the Legal System, in Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System 45-61 (Monica K. Miller & Brian H. Bornstein eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein et al., Domestic Relations, in 1 The District of Columbia Practice Manual (D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 19th ed. 2010).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein & Lisa A. Goodman, The Justice System Response to Domestic Violence, in 2 Violence Against Women and Children 215-235 (Jacquelyn W. White, Mary P. Koss & Alan E. Kazdin eds., D.C.: American Psychological Association 2010).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence Cases: Rethinking the Roles of Prosecutors, Judges and the Court System, in Domestic Violence Law: A Comprehensive Overview of Cases and Sources 654-662 (Nancy K.D. Lemon ed., St. Paul, Minn.: West Group Publishers (2001).    [BOOK]
  • Deborah Epstein, Improving Judicial Responsiveness to Domestic Violence Cases, in  The Judiciary's Response to Domestic Violence (Onishi Sachiyo ed., Tokyo, Japan: Gendai Jinbunsha 2001).   
  • Deborah Epstein, Redefining the State's Response to Domestic Violence: Past Victories and Future Challenges, in Domestic Violence Law: A Comprehensive Overview of Cases and Sources 28-39 (Nancy K. D. Lemon ed., St. Paul, Minn.: West Group Publishers (2001).   
  • Deborah Epstein, The U.S. Battered Women's Movement: Lessons for Japan, in The Judiciary's Response to Domestic Violence (Onishi Sachiyo ed., Tokyo, Japan: Gendai Jinbunsha 2001).   

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of 240 Students, Faculty, and Staff at Religiously Affiliated Universities as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents, Zubik v. Burwell, Nos. 14-1418, 14-1453, 14-1505, 15-35, 15-105, 15-119, 15-191 (U.S. Feb. 17, 2016).   
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In the News

"Linking domestic violence and mass shooters," coverage in The Bulletin, June 17, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein and Teaching Fellow Gillian Chadwick.

"Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History Of Domestic Violence," coverage in NPR, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

"Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History of Domestic Violence," coverage on NPR, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

 “Control and Fear: What Mass Killings and Domestic Violence Have in Common, coverage in The New York Times, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

 

"NFLPA setting up commission on domestic violence," coverage in SFGate, December 1, 2014, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein and former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler, L96.

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"Linking domestic violence and mass shooters," coverage in The Bulletin, June 17, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein and Teaching Fellow Gillian Chadwick.

"Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History Of Domestic Violence," coverage in NPR, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

"Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History of Domestic Violence," coverage on NPR, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

 “Control and Fear: What Mass Killings and Domestic Violence Have in Common, coverage in The New York Times, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

 

"NFLPA setting up commission on domestic violence," coverage in SFGate, December 1, 2014, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein and former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler, L96.

"NFLPA assembles group for domestic violence advice," coverage in USA TODAY, October 13, 2014, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein, director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, and Kathryn Ruemmler, L'96.

"Group pushes for practical training for law students," coverage in the Washington Post, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

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