Jessica K. Steinberg

Jessica Steinberg
Professor of Clinical Law
2000 G Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
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Jessica Steinberg joined the GW Law faculty in 2011. Her research interests sit at the intersection of civil procedure and poverty law, with a focus on the empirical study of access to justice. Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law ReviewNYU Law ReviewGeorgetown Law Journal, Harvard Law Review ForumUCLA Law ReviewTexas Law Review Online, and the peer-reviewed social science journal Law & Social Inquiry. Professor Steinberg has been named a Bellow Scholar for her research on pro se courts and is a former Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Poverty Law. 

Professor Steinberg teaches the Prisoner & Reentry Clinic, which has performed groundbreaking work in authoring legislation to permit judicial resentencing for older prisoners. The clinic regularly testifies on bills to expand rights for prisoners and returning citizens and developed the first-ever parole treatise for D.C. prisoners incarcerated in the federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition, the clinic produces research to promote "second chance" laws and works to implement new mechanisms for sentence reduction by representing prisoners under newly enacted laws. Its work on clemency under President Obama’s campaign to release nonviolent, low-level drug offenders was featured on the front page of the New York Times. For its role in developing a Compassionate Release Clearinghouse to expand representation for prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic received the Wiley A. Brant Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  

Prior to joining the GW Law faculty, Professor Steinberg served as the Jay M. Spears Fellow at Stanford Law School, and an Equal Justice Works Fellow for the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. Professor Steinberg earned a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and a JD from Stanford University, where she received the California State Bar Foundation's Public Interest Award.

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BA, Barnard College, Columbia University; JD, Stanford Law School