Deborah Epstein
Co-Director, Professor of Law

Professor Epstein has directed the Domestic Violence Clinic since 1993, and has spent almost 20 years working as an advocate for victims of intimate partner abuse. She co-chaired the design and implementation of the D.C. Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Division, which 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. For the court’s first five years, Professor Epstein also directed the court’s newly-created Domestic Violence Intake Center, a one-stop center where survivors can obtain assistance and advocacy in their civil and criminal court cases as well as crisis intervention counseling and support.

Professor Epstein has served on the NFL Players’ Association Domestic Violence Commission, Chair of the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, on the Board of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the House of Ruth, and as a member of the D.C. Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the D.C. Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women. She has trained hundreds of police officers, prosecutors, and judges around the country and internationally on domestic violence issues. In 2020, she recently was awarded the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for professional excellence in women lawyers. She serves on D.C.’s Judicial Nominations Commission, helping to select judges to serve on the local courts.

Professor Epstein’s publications in this area include: Loneliness and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors, J. FAMILY VIOL. (2020); From Isolation to Connection: The Practices and Promise of Open Domestic Violence Shelters, J. INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE (2020); Discounting Women: Doubting Domestic Violence Survivors’ Credibility and Dismissing Their Experiences, 167 U. PENN. L.REV 339 (2019); Beyond the RCT: Integrating Rigor and Relevance to Evaluate the Outcomes of Domestic Violence Programs, 39 AM. J. EVALUATION (2018); LISTENING TO BATTERED WOMEN: A SURVIVOR-CENTERED APPROACH TO ADVOCACY, MENTAL HEALTH, AND JUSTICE (APA Press, 2008); 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).

Rachel Camp
Co-Director, Professor from Practice

Rachel Camp is a Co-Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and a Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. She joined Georgetown’s faculty in 2011 and became a co-director of the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC) in 2013. Professor Camp has devoted her career to advocating on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations. She has represented, and has supervised law students representing, hundreds of survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protection order and family law cases during her time at Georgetown and while a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to direct legal representation, Professor Camp has supervised law students on a variety of community education and systemic legal reform projects aimed at increasing access to justice for survivors. Professor Camp’s co-authored article on integrating community legal education into clinical programs was published in the Clinical Law Review in 2012. Between 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 currently serves on the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and the Board of Directors of the D.C. Affordable Law Firm and Girls on the Run of Central Maryland. In addition to other law review articles and publications, in Coercing Pregnancy, 21 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 275 (2015), Professor Camp examined the intersection between intimate partner violence (IPV), reproductive coercion, and pregnancy. In her most recent article, Pursuing Accountability for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: The Peril (and Utility?) of Shame, 98 BOSTON UNIV. L. REV. 1677 (2018), Professor Camp explores how formal and informal methods of shaming perpetrators of IPV lead to counterproductive outcomes for reducing violence in intimate relationships and increased risk of harm for survivors. In addition to her work in the DVC, Professor Camp directs the LL.M. program for the D.C. Affordable Law Firm, a program that allows recent law graduates to provide civil legal representation to D.C. residents who fall between 200-400% of the federal poverty rate and who otherwise may be unable to obtain legal representation.

Bonnie Carlson
Teaching Fellow

Prior to becoming the Domestic Violence Clinical Teaching Fellow, Bonnie Carlson was a Training and Technical Assistance Staff Attorney with the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. At the Commission, Bonnie wrote training curricula and publications for attorneys practicing domestic violence law around the country. Prior to this position, she was a family law staff attorney for the Alexandria office of Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) for four years representing victims of domestic violence. She started at LSNV on a year-long fellowship from the George Washington University Law School, where she graduated in May 2012. Upon her graduation, Bonnie was awarded the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award for her work with domestic violence victims as well as her academic success. She was an active member of the Alexandria Bar Association and was honored with the Don F. Mela Award for her service to the community in 2015. She taught Legal Research and Writing to first-year law students at the George Washington University Law School for three years. Ms. Carlson grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Virginia.

Shanta Trivedi
Teaching Fellow

Before joining the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown, Shanta was a clinical teaching fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she taught a weekly seminar and supervised students on family law matters, civil protective order proceedings, and community education projects. She has guest-lectured in family law, poverty law, and applied feminism.
Shanta was previously an associate at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she worked on large-scale federal litigation, and a staff attorney at the Brooklyn Defender Services, Family Defense Practice, where she represented parents embroiled in the child welfare system. Shanta’s scholarship focuses on state-sanctioned family separation. In The Harm of Child Removal, 43 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 523 (2019), she analyzes the various harms and trauma associated with removal from one’s family and subsequent placement into foster care. In the piece, Shanta advocates for consideration of these harms in all legal decisions where a child is at risk of removal. Her current article, A Child’s Right to Family Integrity (forthcoming) analyzes the constitutional right to family integrity for children and how it can be utilized in the criminal, immigration, and child welfare systems. She has also written op-eds for Slate, The Hill, and NBC News.

Anna Harty
Office Manager

Anna Harty is the office manager for both the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she manages the day-to-day operations of both. She graduated from Xavier University with a B.A. in Gender & Diversity Studies. As a Brueggeman Fellow at Xavier, Anna developed an independent study examining the role of gender in conflict resolution and traveled to Uganda to engage in related research. After graduating, Anna did a year of service through Jesuit Volunteer Corps and coordinated legal services for asylum seekers at YMCA International Services in Houston, TX. 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 financial and administrative support for both.