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

"Exonerated Locals Are Seeking Compensation For Years Behind Bars. Will They Get It?"

September 11, 2019
Jeffrey S. Gutman appears on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss wrongful conviction compensation in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

"They Spent 120 Years In Prison For Crimes They Didn’t Commit. Will Maryland Compensate Them?"

August 16, 2019

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by The Washington Post on the percentage of exonerees who have received compensation in Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

“$6,250: What an Inmate Cleared of Murder After Nearly 3 Decades Could Get Per Year Behind Bars”

July 22, 2019

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by ABC News on how Oklahoma’s compensation caps adversely affect longer-serving exonerees.

"Keith Bush Wrongful Conviction Case May Lead To Large Suffolk Payout"

June 08, 2019
Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by Newsday on how exonerated individuals must decide between higher payouts or less waiting time in damage awards.

“Growing List of Exonerated Prisoners Stretching Compensation Funds to the Limit”

May 23, 2019

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by ABC News about the different ways states appropriate funds for exonerated prisoners.