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

"Report: Wrongful Convictions Have Stolen At Least 20,000 Years from Innocent Defendants"

September 10, 2018

Jeffrey S. Gutman is mentioned in The Washington Post about a report regarding compensation for the wrongly convicted.

"Baltimore to Pay Largest Settlement in City History — $9 Million — to Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder"

May 02, 2018

Jeffrey S. Gutman is mentioned in ProPublica regarding his data on the cases of 1,900 exonerees.

"A Delay in Justice"

November 16, 2017

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted in Washington Lawyer about judicial vacancies and how they are impacting the administration of justice.

"The Price of Time: Why Compensation for Alabama's Wrongfully Incarcerated Remains Elusive"

October 23, 2017

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted in WBRC-Fox 6 regarding his research on how states handle compensation for the wrongly convicted.

"Should State Change Compensation Law for Wrongfully Convicted?"

October 02, 2017

Jeffrey S. Gutman is quoted by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting regarding how wrongly convicted people are compensated.