Professor of Law and
Director, Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM)
BA, 1991 University of Maryland Baltimore County, summa cum laude
JD, 1994, Yale Law School
Deborah Thompson Eisenberg is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She writes and teaches in the areas of employment law, dispute resolution, and civil procedure. She also provides professional trainings and workshops on negotiation, mediation, and workplace dispute resolution and serves as a mediator in civil and employment cases.
Professor Eisenberg came to the law school as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law in 2007 and has taught civil procedure, legal analysis and writing, employment discrimination, and the Workers’ Rights Clinic. She currently teaches the Mediation Clinic.
Prior to academia, Professor Eisenberg practiced civil litigation for more than fifteen years. Her diverse practice included work at a large commercial law firm, a public interest advocacy organization, and a boutique litigation firm where she focused on employment law and complex civil rights litigation.
The Equal Pay Act: Past and Future, in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty (Robert Rycroft ed., 2016).
What Difference Does ADR Make? Comparison of ADR and Trial Outcomes in Small Claims Court, 34 Conflict Resolution Quarterly 1 (2017) (with Lorig Charkoudian and Jamie L. Walter).
The Restorative Workplace: An Organizational Learning Approach to Discrimination, 50 University of Richmond Law Review 487 (2016). [Full Text]
What We Know (and Need to Know) About Court-Annexed Dispute Resolution, 67 South Carolina Law Review 245 (2016). [Full Text]
Reflections on "Innovations in Family Dispute Resolution", 75 Maryland Law Review Endnotes 1 (2016). [Full Text]
Against School Suspensions, 16 U. Md. Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class (2016). [Full Text]
Regulation by Amicus: The Department of Labor's Policymaking in the Courts, 65 Florida Law Review 1223 (2013). [Full Text]
Stopped at the Starting Gate: The Overuse of Summary Judgment in Equal Pay Cases, 57 New York Law School Law Review 815 (2013). [Full Text]
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Public Confidence in the Judiciary: Chief Judge Bell's "Culture of Conflict Resolution," 72 Maryland Law Review 1112 (2013) (with Rachel Wohl and Toby Treem Guerin). [Full Text]
Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes: Lessons for the Legal Quest for Equal Pay, 46 New England Law Review 229 (2012). [Full Text]
Money, Sex, and Sunshine: A Market-Based Approach to Pay Discrimination, 43 Arizona State Law Journal 951 (2011). [Full Text]
Shattering the Equal Pay Act's Glass Ceiling, 63 Southern Methodist University Law Review 17 (2010). [Full Text]
Opening the Doors to the Local Courthouse: Marylandís New Private Right of Action for Employment Discrimination, 9 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class 7 (2009). [Full Text]
Methods of Legal Advocacy to Implement the Educational Promise of the McKinney Act for Homeless Children and Youth, 31 Creighton Law Review 1209 (1998).
The Woman in the Street: Reclaiming the Public Space from Sexual Harassment, 6 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 313 (1994). [Full Text]