Jeffrey S. Gutman

Jeffrey Gutman
Co-Director of the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
[email protected]

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

"Pa., Unlike Other States, Doesn’t Compensate Wrongfully Convicted People"

February 03, 2020
Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by NBC10 on how only half of Pennsylvania exonerees who file civil cases receive a settlement or jury verdict in their favor.

"For 5 Wrongly Convicted Men, Years of Effort Yield Millions in Compensation"

October 30, 2019

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by The Washington Post on the average award typically given to Maryland exonerees.

"Jury Awards $27 Million to Massachusetts Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder"

October 02, 2019

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by NPR on how fewer than half of exonerees file a civil lawsuit and out of those individuals only half win any money.

"Wrongly Convicted, They Had to Choose: Freedom or Restitution"

September 30, 2019

Jeffrey S. Gutman's research on exoneree compensation is mentioned by The New York Times.

"Here’s How Wrongfully Convicted Maryland Prisoners Were Compensated in the Past"

September 26, 2019
Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by The Washington Post on how the biggest barrier to exonerees gaining compensation is gubernatorial pardon.