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Professor Epstein Named to NFLPA Commission on Violence Prevention

October 22, 2014 —

Professor Deborah Epstein Professor Deborah Epstein

Georgetown University Law Center Professor Deborah Epstein, director of Georgetown Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic, has been named to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Commission on Violence Prevention. The newly created group also includes Georgetown Law alumna Kathryn Ruemmler (L’96), former White House counsel to President Obama.

“I am pleased to join this distinguished group,” said Epstein. “This is an exciting opportunity to help change NFL culture and reduce the incidence of family violence experienced by so many of the players’ wives, girlfriends and partners.”

The commission has been developed to advise the NFLPA about how to deal with domestic violence and other issues facing the league. Its mission is “to evaluate all measures to prevent the occurrence of violence, address the critical issues that arise by providing leadership and education and review the methods and processes of discipline.”

Epstein joined the Law Center faculty as a visiting professor in 1993 and previously served as associate dean of clinical education and public interest and community service programs. She has trained hundreds of students to represent survivors of domestic violence in civil protection order litigation. She co-chaired the design and implementation of the D.C. Superior Court's groundbreaking, fully integrated Domestic Violence Court. She served as co-director of the Court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center, chair of the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, as a member of the D.C. Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, and on the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors. One of her recent publications, co-authored with Dr. Lisa Goodman, is Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice

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