Professor Epstein has directed the Domestic Violence Clinic since 1993. She has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic for more than 25 years, and served as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning from 2005-2012. She has spent decades advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the design and implementation of the DC Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Division, an early, model effort to restructure the way civil and criminal family abuse cases are handled. For five years, she served as Co-Director of the court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center. She served 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. Professor Epstein has trained hundreds of police officers, prosecutors, and judges around the country and internationally on domestic violence issues. In 2020, she 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.
Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
Lisa A. Goodman & Deborah Epstein, 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 (Wash., D.C.: Georgetown University Law Center/Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) 2005, 2011).[BOOK]
"Mass Shooters Often Have A History of Violence Against Women," coverage by NPR, March 21, 2021, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.
"Meet the 2020 Margaret Brent Award honorees," coverage by ABA Journal, August 27, 2020, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.
"For some law students, clinic work during COVID-19 feels more real than ever before," coverage in ABA Journal, April 28, 2020, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.
"Natalie Egenolf: By letting Tyreek Hill play, NFL continues to prove it only pretends to care about domestic abuse," coverage by Hoback Herald, November 30, 2019, mentioning Director of Domestic Violence Clinic and Professor of Law, Deborah Epstein.