Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Family Justice Litigation Clinic
Before joining the GW Law faculty, Laurie Kohn was co-director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she supervised students representing victims of domestic violence, taught the clinic seminar, and litigated domestic violence and criminal contempt cases. She was the 1998–99 Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow placed in the Domestic Violence Clinic.
Previously, Professor Kohn was an associate at the DC law firm of Crowell & Moring where she specialized in medical malpractice and insurance coverage litigation. Before entering private practice, Professor Kohn focused on disability rights, assisting in the legislative process of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s office, and later in the regulatory drafting and implementation phase of the ADA in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Professor Kohn also worked at the Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union, focusing on reproductive rights and disability policy.
Professor Kohn was appointed by the mayor to the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and serves as a hearing officer in police misconduct cases for the Office of Police Complaints. At DC Superior Court, Professor Kohn is co-chair of the Domestic Violence Unit Task Force, a member of the Family Court Training Committee, and a member of the Domestic Violence Unit Rules Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project. In addition, she was the chair of the steering committee of the DC Bar Family Law Section and served on the board of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation. She has appeared on radio programs and participated in symposia on domestic violence around the country. Professor Kohn attended Harvard College and received her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Georgetown University Law Center.
Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow
Before joining the GW Law community, Claire Donohue accepted appointments on post-conviction appeals out of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. She also intermittently served part-time faculty at Montgomery College in the Criminal Justice Department. Before relocating to the DC Metro area, Professor Donohue worked as a trial attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the state’s public defender system. Here, Professor Donohue represented indigent defendants in all aspects of criminal litigation from bail to disposition and also probation surrender; this included, but was not limited to: client counseling, discovery, pretrial negotiations, evidentiary and non-evidentiary motion practice and numerous bench trials and jury trials.
Professor Donohue attended Boston College as Public Interest Scholar. She graduated with a dual degree, a Masters in Social Work and Juris Doctorate, in 2005. While in school she worked at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, providing therapy in furtherance of the social work degree, but also serving as a project coordinator for an emerging program of interdisciplinary legal services. She also served on the editorial staff of the Third World Law Journal at Boston College Law School as the Symposium Editor. Upon graduation Professor Donohue worked as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she assisted the trial court in civil matters such as medical malpractice, employment discrimination, and contract disputes.