Deborah Epstein

Professor of Law and Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Deborah Epstein joined the faculty as a visiting professor in 1993, and now serves as Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and Associate Dean of the Clinical Education and Public Interest and Community Service Programs. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Epstein practiced at the civil rights firm of Bernabei & Katz, representing plaintiffs in sex discrimination suits, and clerked for Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Marvin Katz.


From 1994-96, Professor Epstein co-chaired a multi-disciplinary effort to create a new Domestic Violence Unit within the D.C. Superior Court that fundamentally restructured the way that the local justice system handles civil and criminal family abuse matters. Until 2001, she co-directed the D.C. Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center and directed the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, a public interest organization providing legal and educational services to indigent victims of intimate abuse. She is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, the D.C. Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and has served on the Board of Directors of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is the author of several publications in the areas of domestic violence and sexual harassment law.

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