Joan S. Meier

Joan S. Meier

Title: Professor of Clinical Law

Telephone: 202.994.2278

B.A., Harvard University; J.D., University of Chicago

Specialties/Areas of Expertise:
Domestic violence; custody and abuse; civil protection orders; criminal contempt; family law; interdisciplinary approach to domestic violence; constitutional rights in domestic violence prosecution; mandatory arrest laws; welfare reform; clinical law; health care and domestic violence


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Brief Bio:

  • Director, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) (receiving a "Celebrating Solutions" award in 2006)
  • Co-author, Amicus Briefs in Supreme Court cases Davis v. Washington / Hammon v. Indiana (2006) (confrontation rights); City of Castle Rock v. Gonzales (2005) (procedural due process rights); US v. Dixon / US v. Foster (double jeopardy)
  • Scholarly publications on the right to a disinterested prosecutor (Wash U L Rev); custody and domestic violence (AU J of Gender, Soc Pol & Law); parental alienation syndrome and custody evaluations (Journal of Child Custody); and clinical teaching of domestic violence (Hofstra L Rev)
  • Featured commentator in Breaking the Silence: Children's Voices, Public Broadcasting System documentary (Fall, 2005)
  • Frequent speaker and trainer on domestic violence, appellate litigation, and custody for national and local attorneys, courts, and other professionals and laypeople
  • Received the Cahn Award from the National Equal Justice Library for article on domestic violence and welfare reform
  • Received two Violence Against Women Act grants to support domestic violence clinics (1999, 2001); Received three Leadership Awards from: the Mary Byron Foundation (2006), Justice for Children (2008), and the Washington Area Women's Foundation (2009); Received the Sunshine Lady Peace Award in 2010
  • Clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984