Claire Peggy Donohue

Claire Peggy Donohue

Title: Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow

Address: 2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052

MA, JD, Boston College

Biographical Sketch
Before joining the GW Law community, Professor 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.