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School of Law

Leigh Goodmark

ProfessorLeigh Goodmark of Law
Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism
410.837.5639, 1401 North Charles, Rm 427

Administrative Assistant: Brittmy Martinez
410.837.5752, 1401 North Charles, Rm 429

Enoch Pratt Free Library's Writer's LIVE! Series

Professor Goodmark will talk about her book,  A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH at 6:30 pm at the Central Library (400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201) in the Poe Room ! Click here for more details.




J.D., with distinction, Stanford Law School, 1994
B.A., with highest honors, Yale University, 1991

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Legal Education
Domestic Violence
Family Law

Family Law Clinic
Center on Applied Feminism

Professor Goodmark joined the faculty in 2003. Prior to joining the faculty, she directed the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law. Goodmark 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, Goodmark clerked for the Hon. Robert G. Doumar of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

Professor Goodmark is the president of CLEA and president of the Board of Directors of the Women's Law Center of Maryland. From 2003—2005, she served on the Maryland State Bar Association Family Law Section Council.  Goodmark is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child Custody and the Editorial Review Panel of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Juvenile and Family Court Journal. Goodmark is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and California bars.

Professor Goodmark recently appeared on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on Baltimore's local NPR station WYPR.

Selected Publications


A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (NYU Press 2012)

Articles and Essays

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

Reframing Domestic Violence Law and Policy: An Anti-Essentialist Proposal, 31 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 39 (2009) (symposium issue)

When Is A Battered Woman Not a Battered Woman? When She Fights Back, 20 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 75 (2008)

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

The Punishment of Dixie Shanahan: Is There Justice for Battered Women Who Kill? 55 Kansas Law Review 269 (2007)

Telling Stories, Saving Lives: The Battered Mothers' Testimony Project, Women's Narratives, and Court Reform, 37 Arizona State University Law Journal 710 (2005)

Achieving Batterer Accountability in the Child Protection System, 93 Kentucky Law Journal 613 (2004-05)

Law is the Answer? Do We Know That For Sure?: Questioning the Efficacy of Legal Interventions for Battered Women, 23 St. Louis University Public Law Review 7 (2004)


"Crime and (coerced) punishment in domestic violence cases" - NYU Press Blog

"Put blame for domestic homicides where it belongs: on the killers" - Baltimore Sun

"Transgender People of Color and Domestic Violence" - Huffington Post

"Silver lining: VAWA's lapse provides opportunity to reflect" - NYU Press Blog

"The VAWA Debate (Continued)" - The Crime Report

"Violence Against Women Act Spurs Concervative Opposition; Profs. Urge Passage, While Noting Bill's Shortcomings" - American Constitution Society Blog

"Violence Agaisnt Women Act: A landmark bill in trouble" - NYU Press Blog

"Legal System Fails Abused Women" - Baltimore Sun

Public Interest at Stanford Law School: Alumni Update

Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the White House

"Baltimore tapped for domestic violence pilot program" - Daily Record

"DOJ signs up two law firms and two clinics in effort to combat domestic violence " - The National Law Journal

Articles on Social Science Research Network