Jeffrey S. Gutman

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Professor of Clinical Law; Director, Public Justice Advocacy Clinic
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
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Prior to coming to the law school in 1994, Jeffrey S. Gutman served as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, Department of Justice (DOJ). His work at the DOJ principally involved representing the federal government in constitutional and administrative challenges to federal statutes and regulations in federal courts throughout the country. Among the cases he litigated were challenges to the military base closing statute, firearms control legislation and regulations, legislation governing the receipt of honoraria by federal employees, the savings and loan reform statutes, and private meetings of government advisers. 

Professor Gutman clerked for a federal district court judge in California after graduating from law school. He directs the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic, serves as the interim co-director of the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, teaches Civil Procedure, and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2000 to 2008. Professor Gutman is the editor in chief of the Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys, served on the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar from 2011 to 2014, and mediates civil cases in the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution program. He recently represented four men exonerated of crimes by DNA evidence who spent decades in jail on civil claims against the District of Columbia government.

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BA, Stanford University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"They Were Unjustly Imprisoned. Now, They’re Profit Centers"

November 27, 2022
Jeffrey Gutman was quoted by the New York Times regarding the amount of money paid to people on the National Registry of Exonerations, who have brought civil rights suits.

"What's the Value of Decades Lost in Prison? Adnan Syed Could Get Millions, but Exonerated People Often Face a Legal Maze in US"

October 23, 2022
Jeffrey Gutman was quoted by USA Today about the rates of people exonerated for crimes who are then compensated for their time in prison.

"Out of Prison and Broke, Wrongly Convicted Sell Their Cases"

February 02, 2022

Jeffrey Gutman was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding exonerated convicts filing lawsuits for a miscarriage of justice.

"As Philly Tops Two Dozen Exonerations, City May Face Tens of Millions in Civil Liability"

June 13, 2021
Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the cost of wrongful convictions and the courts' role in compensating exonerees.

"Boston Will Pay $3.1 Million to Man Freed After Wrongful Conviction"

November 11, 2020

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted in The Boston Globe about how a settlement with a wrongfully convicted man may lead to further agency reform.