Associate 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 an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law and faculty Director of the law school’s Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM). Professor Eisenberg received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1994, where she was a symposium editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated Valedictorian of her class at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1991, with a B.A. in Political Science. Her scholarly interests include the areas of employment law, civil procedure, and alternative dispute resolution.
Professor Eisenberg came to the law school as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law in 2007 and has taught Civil Procedure, Legal Analysis & Writing, Employment Discrimination, and the Workers’ Rights Clinic. She currently teaches the Mediation Clinic. She enjoys teaching law students to be creative problem solvers for their clients and communities.
Prior to teaching, Professor Eisenberg practiced civil litigation for more than fifteen years. From 1994-96, she was a litigation associate with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore. From 1996-2003, she was a staff attorney at the Public Justice Center, a non-profit law firm in Baltimore. From 2003-2008, she was a Partner with Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP in Baltimore, where her practice focused on civil rights, employment law, and other complex civil litigation. She continues to serve as a mediator in civil and employment cases. She is a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence.
Professor Eisenberg is a 2006 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program. She serves on the Board of the Public Justice Center and is Vice President of the Board of the Job Opportunities Task Force.
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: Maryland’s 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]