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Leigh Goodmark

Professor of Law

Phone: (410) 706-3549
Fax: (410) 706-6644
lgoodmark @ law.umaryland.edu

Office: 349

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

Biography | Selected Publications | In the News

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.


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]


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

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]

Recent News featuring Leigh Goodmark

August 16, 2017

Professor Leigh Goodmark was quoted in "The NFL Set Itself Up For This," on deadspin.com.

August 15, 2017

Professor Leigh Goodmark was quoted in "Rozner: NFL, Goodell Take Shocking Stand Against Elliott," on dailyherald.com.

May 1, 2017

Professor Leigh Goodmark discusses Gender and Violence at 100 Days for The Gender Policy Report.

April 13, 2017

Professor Leigh Goodmark was quoted in the article She Didn't Want Her Boyfriend to Go to Jail. They Sent Her to Jail Instead which appeared in Cosmopolitan Online.

April 11, 2017

Professor Leigh Goodmark talks about immigration policies and criminal justice initiatives April 11, 2017:
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