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]
"How Social Media Ensures that No One Hears Amber Heard," an opinion piece by Professor Deborah Epstein, in The Nation, November 30, 2022.
"Evanson: Allegations highlight serious problem in sports," coverage in the Portland Tribune, August 30, 2022, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.
"The Deshaun Watson settlement shows the NFL has made progress with sexual misconduct accusations. Will anything change?," coverage in KAKE, August 27, 2022, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.
"Deshaun Watson’s Apology Undercuts the N.F.L.’s Message," coverage in The New York Times, August 19, 2022, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.