Professor Donahoe attended Georgetown Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and was an editor on The Georgetown Law Journal. She served as a law clerk for Judge George H. Revercomb of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. After clerking, she decided to pursue a career in criminal defense, representing the indigent in Superior Court. As a Prettyman Fellow in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, she supervised law students in court, where she discovered her passion for teaching.
Professor Donahoe has been teaching courses in legal research, analysis, writing, and practice since 1993. She was the first rotating chair of the legal practice program and has served as chair of the Legal Writing Committee. She has been instrumental in helping to expand and improve the legal writing program at Georgetown. She is known for her innovative teaching using technology and her expertise in writing pedagogy. In 2008, Professor Donahoe was awarded the Georgetown Frank Flegal Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Donahoe is the author and creator of TeachingLaw.com, an interactive, online case book, which is used across the country in legal research and writing courses to more actively engage students in the classroom and to provide innovative teachers with a platform for teaching digital-age students. She is also a co-author of a legal writing pedagogy book, Legal Writing Pedagogy: Comments, Conferences, and Classroom Teaching.
In addition to her scholarship on pedagogy, Professor Donahoe’s law review articles focus on Fourth Amendment search and seizure law with topics ranging from the unconstitutionality of strip searches and DNA searches to the implicit bias pervasive in consent searches.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
"Libraries as Publishers: Implementing the Vision at the Georgetown Law Library," coverage in The Journal of Electronic Publishing, August 19, 2017, featuring Professor Diana R. Donahoe.