Deborah Epstein
Co-Director, Professor of Law

Professor Epstein has directed the Domestic Violence Clinic since 1993, and has spent almost 30 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 populations. She has represented, and has supervised law students representing, hundreds of survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) 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 community education and systemic legal reform projects aimed at increasing access to justice for survivors. Between 2000-2008, Professor Camp served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ). 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 DOJ, 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 DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and the Board of Directors of the D.C. Affordable Law Firm. Professor Camp has published multiple articles. In Coercing Pregnancy, 21 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 275 (2015), Professor Camp examined the intersection between IPV, reproductive coercion, and pregnancy. In 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. Her most recent article, From Experiencing Abuse to Seeking Protection: Examining the Shame of Intimate Partner Violence, forthcoming in UC IRVINE LAW REVIEW, explores how shame can permeate a survivor’s experience with IPV on individual, social, and institutional levels. In addition to her work in the DVC, Professor Camp is the faculty director for the D.C. Affordable Law Firm LL.M. program, one that allows recent law graduates to provide civil legal representation to D.C. residents who fall between 200-400% above the federal poverty rate and who otherwise may be unable to obtain legal representation.

 

Anne Cunningham
Visiting Professor

Anne Cunningham is a Visiting Professor with Georgetown Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic, following a two-year clinical teaching fellowship with Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic. Prior to joining Georgetown, Anne worked for Children’s Law Center (CLC), a DC-based civil legal services organization that works to improve and protect kids’ access to safe housing, loving families, and quality education. For her first five years at CLC, Anne was a staff attorney in CLC’s medical-legal partnership, working in collaboration with pediatricians and other healthcare providers on-site at a federally qualified health center (FQHC). In that role, Anne specialized in litigating special education and housing conditions matters. She subsequently joined CLC’s policy team and spent two years advocating with DC government agencies and the DC Council for changes to laws and policies impacting low-income DC families. In that role, Anne drafted legislation, coordinated diverse coalitions in lobbying efforts, analyzed agency budgets, and testified more than 20 times before the Council. Before joining CLC, Anne briefly represented Latinx survivors of domestic violence in U-Visa, VAWA, and asylum matters. As a law student, Anne spent a summer working with juveniles in immigration detention in Miami and worked for several organizations advocating for survivors of domestic violence.

Anne lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for eight years (Go Blue!), earning BAs in History and Spanish and a JD. Anne speaks Spanish fluently, is licensed to practice law in New York and DC, and is a ceramist and gardener in her free time.

 

Lauren Birzon Harriman
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Lauren joined the Domestic Violence Clinic in July 2021. As a Clinical Teaching Fellow, Lauren represents survivors of abuse in Civil Protection Order cases, designs and teaches Clinic seminar classes, and supervises students in their representation of clients. Before joining the Clinic, Lauren was a senior attorney at DC’s Children’s Law Center (CLC), where she represented the best interests of children in complex custody cases and advocated for caregivers in child custody, neglect, guardianship, and adoption matters. She trained attorneys, judges, and community members on topics of family law and litigation. She also mentored pro bono attorneys and colleagues new to domestic relations and child welfare practice. In 2020, Lauren was selected as a participant in the DC Bar’s John Payton Leadership Academy. Before joining CLC, Lauren worked as an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and as a legal fellow at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, DC. Lauren is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park, and The George Washington University Law School.

 

Anna Harty
Office Manager

Anna serves as the office manager for several programs at Georgetown Law. She handles the day-to-day administrative operations of the Domestic Violence Clinic, the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, and the DC Affordable Law Firm LL.M. Fellowship Program. 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.