- Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA J.S.M., 1998; S.J.D. (ABD)
- University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland J.D., cum laude, 1989.
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, New Mexico B.A., Philosophy, 1983.
- Family Law
- Gender, Sexuality & the Law
- Domestic Violence
- Adoption Law
- International and Comparative Family Law
- Family Law Mediation
- Ethics and Professionalism in Family Law
- Torts I and II
Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
J.S.M., 1998; S.J.D. (ABD)
J.S.M. Thesis: ADomestic Violence as Torture: Possibilities and Limits of the Law in Combating the Psychological Harm and Patterned Nature of Domestic Violence."
S.J.D. Dissertation:AFormal Public Truth-Telling and Violence Against Women: Insights from U.S. Domestic Violence Diversion Programs and a Pilot Restorative Justice Approach to Sexual Offenses."(in progress)
University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
J.D., cum laude, 1989. Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade, Book Review Editor; Maryland Public Interest Law Project, co-founder; Women's Bar Association, Chair.
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, New Mexico
B.A., Philosophy, 1983. (St. John=s College does not calculate class rank or award honors).
TEACHING & SCHOLARSHIP
- Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida
Professor of Law (with tenure) 2007 – present; Associate Professor, 2006 – 2007
Courses and areas of specialty: Family Law; Indian Child Welfare Act; Gender, Sexuality & the Law; International and Comparative Family Law; Domestic Violence; Adoption Law; Family Law Mediation; Ethics and Professionalism in Family Law.
Committees: Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee (present); Curriculum Committee (Chair 2009-2011); Admissions (Chair, 2007-2008); Faculty Appointments (2006-2007); LAMBDA Student Group (Faculty advisor, 2006-2008, 2009- present); Ad Hoc Faculty Scholarship Committee (2006 – 2011); Ad Hoc Committee on Collaborative Family Law (ongoing).
- Florida Coastal School of Law, University of the Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE
Summer Program in France; “Family Law in the World Community” (Summer 2010).
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Visiting Professor of Law 2008 – 2009; Torts I and II
- Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
Assistant Professor, 2000 -2006; Visiting Professor, 1999 - 2000.
Civil Procedure; Family Law; The Law of Adoption; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Jurisprudence; Professional Responsibility; “Radical” Legal Thought
- University of Arizona, College of Public Health, Tucson, Arizona; Visiting Prof., Fall 2003
- Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
Fellow, 1997 - 1998; Teaching Assistant, 1998-1999.
Conducted graduate law thesis seminar, including legal research and writing instruction, and substantive instruction on contemporary American jurisprudence.
- University of Arizona, College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
Full-time Adjunct Faculty, 1995-1997. Director, Domestic Violence Law Clinic.
Created and directed domestic violence clinic in which students undertook legislative and public policy advocacy and represented victims in state and tribal courts in criminal and civil cases.
- University of Maryland, College of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
Clinical Externship Supervising Attorney, 1992-1994.
- Mayoral Appointee to the Mayor of Jacksonville’s Sexual Assault Advisory Council, 2007 – present
- Associate Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2006 – present
- Legal Consultant and National Advisory Board Member. RESTORE: Justice that Heals. 2001 - present
- Member, Society of American Law Teachers, 2002 - present
- Board Member, Betty Griffin House of St. Johns County, Florida (shelter and services provider for battered women and their children in St. Johns County, Florida). 2006 – 2008
Other Legal Experience
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. (SALA), Tucson, Arizona. Project Director, Domestic Violence Law Project B Innovative Domestic Violence Program for Prevention, Intervention and Protection, 1995 - 1996; Supervising Attorney, Domestic Relations Unit, 1994-1995.
- House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Balto., MD; Litigating Attorney, 1990-94.
- Doyle & Craig, P.C., Baltimore, Maryland; Attorney, 1989-90. First Amendment and employment discrimination litigation.
- Office of the United States Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland; legal intern 1988-1989.
- National Organization for Women, National Office, Washington, D.C.; legal intern 1987.
Ethical, Constitutional and Other Legal Doctrinal Challenges in the Implementation of a Restorative Justice Intervention for Sex Offenses. Work in progress.The Role of Law in Promoting Acceptance of Responsibility. Work in progress.Disposition and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders from the Perspective of Restorative Justice (co-authored with Koss, M.P. & Bachar, K.J.), in Handbook on the Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders. (H. Barbaree, ed.) (2005).Incorporating Feminist Theory and Insights Into a Restorative Justice Response to Sex Offenses (with Koss, M.P.) 11(5) Violence Against Women, May 2005.Justice Responses to Sexual Assault: Lessons Learned and New Directions, (with Koss, M.P., PhD & Bachar, K.J., MPH), in Undoing Harm. International Perspectives on Interventions For Men Who Use Violence Against Women. (Mona Eliasson, ed.) Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Uppsala Women's Studies. B. Women in the Humanities:3. (2004). Reprinted in Justiça Restaurativa, as Resposta da Comunidade. Ampliação a Resposta da Justiça de uma Comuñidade a Crimes Sexuais Pela Colaboração da Advocacia, da Promotoria, e da Saúde Pública: Apresentação do Programa RESTORE.Expanding a Community’s Justice Response to Sex Crimes Through Advocacy, Prosecutorial, and Public Health Collaboration: Introducing the RESTORE Program, (with Koss, M.P., PhD & Bachar, K.J., MPH), 18 Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Sage Publications, 2004.Lessons from Cultural Anthropology: The Supreme Court=s Kinship Doctrine Revisited, 13Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 431 (2004).State v. Lawrence: Substantive Due Process and the Right to Marry, 18 Brigham Young University Public Law Review 665 (2004).Applying Restorative Justice to Ongoing Intimate Violence: Problems and Possibilities, (with Mary P. Koss, PhD and Karen J. Bachar, MPH), 23 St. Louis University Public Law Review 289 (2004); reprinted in Domestic Violence Law (2nd Ed., 2006; Nancy Lemon, ed.).Restorative Justice for Sexual Violence: Repairing Victims, Building Community, and Holding Offenders Accountable, (with Koss, M.P. & Bachar, K.J.), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 989, pp. 364-377 (2003).An Innovative Application of Restorative Justice to the Adjudication of Selected Sexual Offenses, (with Koss, M.P. & Bachar, K.J.), in Crime Prevention ‑ New Approaches (Helmut Kury and Joachim Obergfell‑Fuchs, ed.)(2003).ARescripting Relationships: Towards a Nuanced Theory of Intimate Violence as Sex Discrimination,@ 9 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law 409 (2001).ARank Matters, But Should Marriage?: Adultery, Fraternization and Honor in the Military.@ 9(2)U.C.L.A. Women=s Law Journal 177 (1999); reprinted in Military Law: Cases and Materials (Lexis, 2007).ACombating Domestic Violence Through Legal Representation of Victims in the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems: The Domestic Violence Law Clinic Model@, in AD,@*@:,>4, )@<"T>,(@ ="F4:4b C !<,D48">F846 ?B\zH (Preodolenie Domashnego Nasilia C Amerikanski Op=it ) (Surmounting Domestic Violence C The American Experiment). Publication produced in conjunction with Women, the Law and Domestic Violence in Post-Soviet Russia Conference. Moscow. 1996.AJustice for All: Legal Services.@ in The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer=s Handbook, ((D. Goelman, F. Lehrma, and R. Valente, eds.) American Bar Association. (with D. Goelman) 1996.AA Case of Abuse.@ (with Andy Silverman and Kenney Hegland). High School educational videocassette and teacher=s manual produced with funding from the Arizona Governor=s Office for Domestic Violence Programs. (United Learning 1996.)Twice Imprisoned: Report and Recommendations on Incarcerated Battered Women in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Supplemental Report, (co-authored). 1993.AReport of Child Support Sub-Committee,@ in Governor=s Task Force on Family Law, Final Report. 1992.ACustody and Child Support.@ MICPEL: Domestic Violence Training Manual, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers. 1992.
UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTSDomestic Violence as Torture: Possibilities and Limits of the Law in Combating the Psychological Harm and Patterned Nature of Domestic Violence (unpublished manuscript)
SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONSSoutheastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference. Miami, Florida. August 2009. Moderator: Roundtable Discussion: Current Issues In Adoption.University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Sacramento, CA. Faculty Speaker Series (Invited Speaker). April 2009. Paper Talk: “Bringing the Legal Response to Sex Offenses into Line with Social Science Data: Possibilities and Challenges of a Restorative Justice Approach”Applied Feminism: How Feminist Legal Theory is Changing the Law, Baltimore, Maryland. March 2009. Invited Speaker. University of Baltimore School of Law. Panel: Applying Feminist Legal Theory to Criminal Law. Paper presented: “Responsibility Initiatives: The Role of Law in Promoting Acceptance of Responsibility”Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. February 2009. Invited Guest Lecturer. Topic: Michel LaQueur’s Recent Cultural Historical Analysis of the Fluidity of Sex and Gender Categories During the Dark Age Through the Renaissance and its Relevance to Contemporary Legal Systems’ Binary Categorization of “Biological” Sex, “Social” Gender and Notions of Sexual Orientation.Gender and the Law Seminar, McGeorge School of Law. November 2008. Invited Guest Lecturer. Topic: Recent Empirical Research on The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Women’s Job PerformanceInternational Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. May 2008. Organizer, Chair and Discussant for panel entitled Gender, Crime and Restorative Justice. Invited Chair and Discussant for panel entitled The Roles and Perceptions of Crime Victims in National and International Settings.Dave Thomas Center on Adoption Law and Policy, Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: Illuminating the Child’s Perspective, Invited Speaker, Capital University School of Law. Columbus, Ohio. March 2007. Invited Commentator.Restorative Justice Association of Virginia, Annual Conference. Invited Speaker. Williamsburg, Virginia. October 2006. “Cautions and Possibilities in Using Restorative Justice for Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenses: State of the Research”Restorative Justice Association of Virginia, Annual Conference. Invited Speaker. Charlottesville, Virginia. December 2005. “Cautions and Possibilities in Using Restorative Justice for Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenses: State of the Research”International Academy of Law and Mental Health,. Annual Conference. Paris, France. July 2005. Paper presented: “New Approaches to Sex Offenses.”Victim’s Rights Law Center, Momentum Project: National Sexual Assault Law Institute,, Keynote Speaker. Boston, Massachusetts. June 2005. Presentation: “What Justice Means to Sexual Assault Victims”Dave Thomas Center on Adoption Law and Policy, First Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: Illuminating the Child’s Perspective, Invited Speaker, Capital University School of Law. Columbus, Ohio. April 2005. Presentation: “Issues in Trans-Racial Adoption.”Australian National University, Centre for Restorative Justice (Regulatory Institutions Network, Research School of Social Sciences) Conference: Empirical Findings and Theory Developments – Where Are We Now?. Canberra, Australia. February 2005. Paper presented: “Applying a Logic Model Approach to Legal Issues in a Study of Restorative Justice in Sex Offense Cases.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004 National Sexual Violence Prevention Conference: Building Leadership and Commitment to End Sexual Violence. Los Angeles, California. May 2004. Paper presented: “Legal and Doctrinal Challenges of Implementing a Restorative Justice Response to Sexual Violence Cases”Suffolk Law School, Beyond Prosecution: Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights in Theory and Practice. Boston, MA. April 2004. Paper Presented: “Restorative Justice in Sexual Assault Cases.”American University Washington College of Law, Feminism and Legal Theory Project: Celebrating Twenty Years of Feminist Pedagogy, Praxis, and Prisms Conference. Washington, D.C. March 2004. Paper Presented: “Restorative Justice for Sexual Violence: Repairing Victims, Building Community, and Holding Offenders Accountable”American Criminal Justice Society, Annual Conference, Law Vegas, Nevada. March 2004. Paper Presented: “Constitutional and Doctrinal Challenges in the Implementation of a Restorative Justice Program for Selected Sexual Offenses.”Washington & Lee School of Law, Faculty Enclave. March 2004. Paper Concept Presentation: The Implications of the New Sexual Harassment Research for Sexual Harassment Law.St. Louis University Law School, Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory, Law and Practice Conference. October 2003. Paper Presented: “Applying Restorative Justice to Ongoing Intimate Violence: Problems and Possibilities” (Invited Paper).Brigham Young University Law School, The Future of Same-Sex Marriage Claims, Provo, Utah. August 2003. Paper presented: State v. Lawrence: The Supreme Court=s Substantive Due Process Doctrine and its Impact on the Right to MarryPsychology and Law: International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, (co-sponsored by Am. Psych-Law Society, the Australia & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and the European Assoc. of Psychology & Law.) July 2003. Paper presented: Restorative Justice for Sexual Violence: Repairing Victims, Building Community, and Holding Offenders AccountableInternational Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. June 2003. Implementing a Restorative Justice Program for Sexual Violence Against Women: Addressing The Dual Challenge of Constitutional Demands/Dictates and Feminist Critiques. Invited paper.International Society of Family Law, Annual Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.June 2003. Paper presented: Lessons from Cultural Anthropology: The Supreme Court=s Kinship Doctrine Revisited.Washington & Lee School of Law, Faculty Enclave. March 2003. Kinship Change and the Court.Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, Washington and Lee University School of Law, January 2003. Paper presented: Lessons from Cultural Anthropology and The Supreme Court=s Kinship Doctrine,Southeast Atlantic Association of Law Schools, Annual Meeting, Kiowa, S.C., July 2002. Paper presented: The Supreme Court=s History: The Court=s Delineation of Protected versus Unprotected Kinship StructureInternational Law and Society Association, Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia. May 2002. Paper presented: The Supreme Court=s Use and Abuse of History in its Delineation of Protected versus Unprotected Kinship Structure,International Law and Society Association, Annual Conference. July 2001. Budapest, Hungary. Paper presented: “Public Truth-Telling in Domestic Violence Diversion Cases.”Therapeutic Jurisprudence (2nd International Conference). University of Cincinnati School of Law, Kingsgate Conference Center Cincinnati, OH. May 2001. Paper presented: “Public Truth-Telling in Domestic Violence Diversion Cases.”AALS Centennial Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. January, 2000. Invited panelist: Policing Gender and the Military.Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA. Legal Studies Colloquium. November 1997. Presentation of work in progress: “Rank Matters, But Does Marriage? Sex in the Gender-Integrated Military.”University of California -- Boalt School of Law. Berkeley, CA. November 1997. Visiting Lecturer, Domestic Violence Law Class, “Immigration, International Human Rights, and Cross-Cultural Issues in Domestic Violence.”U.S. A.I.D. Rule of Law Program, Moscow, Russia. February 1996.Legal Instructor. “Russia, Domestic Violence, and the Law.”University of Arizona, College of Law, Tucson, AZ. April 1996.Visiting Lecturer, Family Law, “Ethics and the Family Lawyer.”1996 Federal, State, and Tribal Judges’ Conference -- Issues in Domestic Violence Cases, Tucson, AZ. July 1996. Lecturer. “Victim Representation in Domestic Violence Cases.”Continuing Professional Education Program for Counselors and Other Psycho-Social Practitioners, Tucson, AZ. March 1996. Lecturer. “Legal Issues Concerning Domestic Violence Issues for the Medical Practitioner.”Arizona State Bar Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 1995. Presentation: “The Joys of Lawyering: Innovative Approaches to Lawyering.”1992 National Conference -- National Lesbian and Gay Lawyers’ Association, Chicago, IL. Panelist: “Legal Remedies for Domestic Violence in the Gay and Lesbian Community.”Family Law Instruction for Pro Bono Attorneys, Baltimore, MD. Multiple dates 1991 - 1994. Lectured on Maryland family law and procedure to new attorneys taking pro bono domestic violence cases.