Erin Sweeny Larkin, Attorney, Family Court Self-Help Center, DC Superior Court, and Adjunct Professor of Law.

Erin Sweeny Larkin manages the DC Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center, which increases access to justice by providing information about family law and court procedure to people who cannot afford to hire legal counsel.

Prior to working for the court, Professor Larkin was the Associate Director of the Domestic Violence/Family Law program at Ayuda, where she represented immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in domestic violence and family law cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Professor Larkin also served as the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project’s first Executive Director, helping to create and build the organization, which recruits, trains, and supervises pro bono attorneys in representing domestic violence survivors and at-risk children. She served as a policy attorney at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, advocating for systems change and increased funding for domestic violence services.

Professor Larkin is committed to increasing access to justice in the District of Columbia. She volunteered as a pro bono attorney negotiator in the Domestic Relations Branch of DC Superior Court and as a family law mentor for the DC Bar’s Advice and Referral Clinic. She was recognized as a member of the annual Capital Pro Bono Honor roll for contributing at least 50 hours of pro bono work annually to District residents and received the “Voices of Justice” Award from the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Before moving to DC in 2002, Professor Larkin was a senior associate at Robinson & Cole handling federal and state mass tort litigation. Prior to that, she served as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in both the trial and appellate divisions. Professor Larkin clerked for the Connecticut Supreme Court. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she co-founded and was managing editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Prior to law school, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant and press secretary.