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Leigh Goodmark

Professor of Law

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JD, with distinction, 1994, Stanford Law School
BA, with highest honors, 1991, Yale University

Biography | Selected Publications

Leigh Goodmark joined the Maryland Carey Law faculty in 2014 and teaches the Gender Violence Clinic, which she launched while a visiting professor here at the law school during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Previously, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Clinical Education and Family Law Clinic and Co-Director of the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she had been a faculty member since 2003.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Baltimore, she directed the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law. She previously taught in the Families and the Law Clinic at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She also practiced family law in the District of Columbia at Bread for the City and Zacchaeus Free Clinic, a holistic neighborhood service center, and was the recipient of a Skadden Arps Fellowship. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Professor Goodmark clerked for the Hon. Robert G. Doumar of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

Professor Goodmark’s scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Violence Against Women, Florida State University Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism.  Professor Goodmark is a former president of CLEA and former president of the Board of Directors of the Women's Law Center of Maryland.  She is a member of the Editorial Board of Violence Against Women and serves on the Advisory Board for NVRDC, a victim service organization. Professor Goodmark is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and California bars.


Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence (forthcoming 2018).

Editor, Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (2015) (with Rashmi Goel). [Abstract]

A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (2012). [Abstract]

Bringing the Greenbook to Life: A Resource Guide for Communities (2008) (with Ann Rosewater). [Full Text]

Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence (2008). [Full Text]

Steps Toward Safety: Improving Systemic and Community Responses for Families Experienceing Domestic Violence (2007) (with Ann Rosewater). [Full Text]

Promoting Community Child Protection: A Legislative Agenda (2002). [Full Text]

Keeping Kids Out of the System: Creative Legal Practice as a Community Child Protection Strategy (2001). [Full Text]

Book Chapters

Responsive Alternatives to the Criminal System in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence, in Restorative and Responsive Human Services (forthcoming 2018).

Politics, Safety, and Officer Involved Intimate Partner Violence, in The Politicization of Safety (Jane K. Stoever ed., forthcoming 2018).

Law and Justice as a Tertiary Prevention Strategy, in Preventing Intimate Partner Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Claire M. Renzetti et al. eds., 2017).

Innovative Criminal Justice Responses to Intimate Partner Violence, in Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (Claire M. Renzetti et al eds., 3d ed. 2016).


Should Domestic Violence Be Decriminalized?, 40 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 53 (2017). [Full Text]

Freddie Gray, Law Enforcement, and Intimate Partner Violence, 16 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 173 (2016). [Full Text]

Hands Up at Home: Militarized Masculinity and Police Officers Who Commit Intimate Partner Abuse, 2015 Brigham Young University Law Review 1183. [Full Text]

"Law and Justice Are not Always the Same": Creating Community-Based Justice Forums for People Subjected to Intimate Partner Abuse, 42 Florida State University Law Review 707 (2015). [Full Text]

CONVERGEing Around the Study of Gender Violence: The Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 5 U. Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 661 (2015). [Full Text]

Stalled at 20: VAWA, the Criminal Justice System, and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice, CUNY Law Review, Dec. 16, 2014. [Full Text]

Transgender People, Intimate Partner Abuse, and the Legal System, 48 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Review 51 (2013). [Full Text]

Clinical Cognitive Dissonance: The Values and Goals of Domestic Violence Clinics, the Legal System, and the Students Caught in the Middle, 20 Journal of Law & Policy 301 (2012). [Full Text]

Mothers, Domestic Violence, and Child Protection: An American Legal Perspective, 16 Violence Against Women 524 (2010). [Full Text]

An Experiment in Participation, 16 The Law Teacher 12 (2009). [Full Text]

Autonomy Feminism: An Anti-Essentialist Critique of Mandatory Interventions in Domestic Violence Cases, 37 Florida State University Law Review 1 (2009). [Full Text]

Reframing Domestic Violence Law and Policy: An Anti-Essentialist Proposal, 31 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 39 (2009). [Full Text]

When Is a Battered Woman not a Battered Woman? When She Fights Back, 20 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 75 (2008). [Full Text]

Going Underground: The Ethics of Advising a Battered Woman Fleeing an Abusive Relationship, 75 UMKC Law Review 999 (2007). [Full Text]

The Punishment of Dixie Shanahan: Is There Justice for Battered Women Who Kill?, 55 University of Kansas Law Review 269 (2007). [Full Text]

Telling Stories, Saving Lives: The Battered Mothers' Testimony Project, Women's Narratives, and Court Reform, 37 Arizona State Law Journal 709 (2005). [Full Text]

Achieving Batterer Accountability in the Child Protection System, 93 Kentucky Law Journal 613 (2004-2005). [Full Text]

Law Is the Answer? Do We Know that for Sure?: Questioning the Efficacy of Legal Interventions for Battered Women, 23 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 7 (2004). [Full Text]

Deconstructing Teresa O'Brien: A Role Play for Domestic Violence, 23 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 253 (2004) (with Catherine F. Klein). [Full Text]

Parenting in the Face of Prejudice: The Need for Representation for Parents with Mental Illness, 36 Clearinghouse Review 295 (2002). [Full Text]

Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Potential for Gender Bias, 39 Judges' Journal 21 (2000). [Full Text]

Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Potential for Gender Bias, Judges' Journal, Spring 2000, at 21.

From Property to Personhood: What the Legal System Should Do for Children in Family Violence Cases, 102 West Virginia Law Review 237 (1999). [Full Text]

Can Poverty Lawyers Play Well With Others? Including Legal Services in Integrated, School-Based Service Delivery Programs, 4 Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty 243 (1997). [Full Text]

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