C. Quince Hopkins joined the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as director of the Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention in August 2018. She teaches the Restorative Justice and Sexual Assault Prevention Seminar. She came to the Maryland Carey Law with 20 years of law teaching experience, including seven years as an assistant professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law where she received the Professor of the Year award from the Women Law Students’ Organization, and 10 years as a tenured faculty member at Florida Coastal School of Law. She has taught Civil Procedure, Trusts & Estates, and a range of advanced family law courses. She also taught Torts as a visiting professor at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. Prior to entering doctrinal teaching, Professor Hopkins developed and directed the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic at the University of Arizona.
She served as the legal advisor to the RESTORE Project, a five-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded research demonstration project at the University of Arizona College of Public Health, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of a restorative justice conferencing model in response to cases of adult acquaintance sexual assault. The RESTORE Project is the only one of its kind, in the U.S. or elsewhere, to be subjected to rigorous peer review [see Gang et. al., A Call for Evaluation of Restorative Justice Programs, Trauma, Violence & Abuse (2019)].
Her research and scholarly interests focus on theoretical and empirical aspects of the use of restorative justice processes to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. She has spoken at numerous conferences around the world, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed social science journals as well as legal journals from such law schools as Harvard, Cornell, University of Virginia, and UCLA.
She received her undergraduate degree from St. Johns College (Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM), her law degree from Maryland Carey Law, and advanced law degrees from Stanford Law School. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, licensed to practice law in Maryland and Washington DC, a Florida certified mediator (inactive), as well as a member of the Law & Society Association.