Professor Deborah Epstein has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic for over 25 years. Professor Epstein has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the DC Superior Court's effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early, model effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse. She was a founding 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, and as a member of the DC Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, as well as on the Board of Directors of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and House of Ruth. Professor Epstein regularly provides training to judges, prosecutors, police officers, attorneys, and advocates.
Her scholarship focuses primarily on domestic violence law and policy, and she has consulted nationally and internationally in these areas. Her most recent book in the field is LISTENING TO BATTERED WOMEN: A SURVIVOR-CENTERED APPROACH TO ADVOCACY; her most recent article is Discounting Credibility: Doubting Domestic Violence Survivors’ Credibility and Dismissing Their Experience, 167 Univ. Penn. L.Rev. 399 (2019).
Professor Epstein graduated from NYU School of Law, clerked for Judge Marvin Katz in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was a fellow in the Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program. She engaged in private practice, first at Heller Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Seattle, and later at Bernabei & Katz, a small civil rights firm in the District of Columbia.
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