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Associate Professor of Law Margaret E. Johnson
Director, Bronfein Family Law Clinic
Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism
410. 837.5779
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 422

Administrative Assistant: Terry Berk
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 429


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987
J.D., cum laude, order of the coif, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1993

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Legal Theory
Domestic Violence
Family Law
Feminist Legal Theory
Property Law

Center on Applied Feminism

Johnson joined the faculty in 2006. Her scholarship focuses on issues relating to domestic violence, property, feminist legal theory and clinical legal education, and her articles have been published in the U.C. Davis Law Review, the B.Y.U. Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and the Temple Law Review, among others. Professor Johnson was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law School during the 2012-2013 academic year. Prior to joining the UB faculty, Johnson directed the Domestic Violence Clinic and taught Property and Sex-Based Discrimination at the Washington College of Law, American University; was an employment discrimination litigator, with a special focus on sexual harassment law, at the D.C. firms of Terris, Pravlik & Wagner, Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights; was a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow; clerked for the Hon. Hector M. Laffitte in the United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico; and served as articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review.

Johnson teaches the Family Law Clinic, where students represent clients in family-related legal issues and systemic advocacy relating to domestic violence and other family law issues. She also teaches Family Law, Property Law, and Special Topics in Applied Feminism and is co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, which works to apply the insights of feminist legal theory to legal practice and policy. She serves on the board of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, where she co-chairs the Feminist Policy and Advocacy Committee.  She is Co-Vice President of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA).  She is the former Chair of the Planning Committee, American Association of Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education 2014 Conference. Professor Johnson was named one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland in 2013 and is the recipient of a 2012 USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award. She was selected as Professor of the Year by the UB Women's Bar Association in 2008 and 2011. Johnson is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

MICPEL, Domestic Violence Cases: Skills and Strategies  (forthcoming) (contributing author).

Articles and Essays

Commentary: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Svcs., Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (forthcoming 2016).

Changing Course in the Anti-Domestic Violence Legal Movement: From Safety to Security, 60 Vill. L. Rev. __ (2015) (forthcoming).

Security, Converge! – Intersections of Gender, Economic, Racial and Indigenous (In) Justice, Security, __ U. Miami R.S.J.L. Rev. __ (2014) (forthcoming) (symposium).

A Home with Dignity: Domestic Violence and Property Rights, 1 BYU L. Rev. 1(2014).

Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Integrating Community Legal Education into Law School Clinics, 18 Clin. L. Rev. 401 (2012)(co-author).

Foreword: Applying Feminism Globally, 41 U. Balt. L. Rev. 217 (2012).

Balancing Liberty, Dignity and Safety: The Impact of Domestic Violence Lethality Screening, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 519 (2010)

'Having it Our Way: Women in Maryland's Workplace Circa 2027' Foreward. 1 MD L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 1 (2010).

Redefining Harm, Reimagining Remedies and Reclaiming Domestic Violence Law, 42 UC Davis L. Rev. 1107 (2009), cited in Douglas E. Abrams, et al., Contemporary Family Law (2d ed. 2009).

Avoiding Harm Otherwise: Reframing Women Employees' Responses to the Harms of Sexual Harassment, 80 Temp. L. Rev. 743 (2007).

An Experiment in Integrating Critical Theory and Clinical Education, 13 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 161 (2005).

A Unified Approach to Causation in Disparate Treatment Cases: Using Sexual Harassment by Supervisors as the Causal Nexus for the Discriminatory Motivating Factor in Mixed Motive Cases, 1993 Wis. L. Rev. 231 (1993), cited in Roy L. Brooks, et. al., Civil Rights Litigation: Cases and Perspectives (3d ed. 2005).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Talks and Presentations

Presenter, Changing Course in the Anti-Domestic Violence Legal Movement: From Safety to Security, Faculty Colloquium, University of Baltimore School of Law, August 28, 2014.

Presenter, Case Rounds Pedagogy Session and Supervision Pedagogy Session, Law Clinic Fellows Orientation, University of Baltimore School of Law, July 25-26, 2014.

Moderator, Trauma-Informed Services And Holistic Legal Remedies For Survivors Of Human Trafficking, Partners for Justice Conference, Baltimore, MD, May 15, 2014.

Chair, Becoming a Better Clinician, AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Conference, Chicago, IL, April 27-30, 2014.

Presenter, Applied Feminism and Health, Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, March 6 and 7, 2014.

Presenter, Feminist Legal Theory And Sex Trafficking, Board of Directors, Women's Law Center of Maryland, Towson, MD, February 18, 2014.

Presenter, Security, Not Safety, Converge! Conference, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, (Feb. 8, 2014).

Commentator, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, (Jan. 24, 2014).

Presenter, Safety, Not Security¸ Clinical Law Review Writing Workshop, New York University Law School, NYC, NY, (Sept. 28, 2013).

Presenter, Reconstructing Gender Through Law: Security (Not Safety) Should Be The Goal of Domestic Violence Law, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, ( May 30, 2013).

Co-Creator and Co-Facilitator, Clinical Legal Education Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, (May 13-14, 2013).

Presenter, A Home with Dignity: Domestic Violence and Property Rights, AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Conference, San Juan, PR, (Apr. 30, 2013).