Conference Speaker Profile

Phyllis Goldfarb

Name: Phyllis Goldfarb

Professional Title: Jacob Burns Foundation Professor or Law and Associate Dean for Clinics

Affiliation: George Washington University Law School

Country: United States

Title of Presentation(s):

  • Now More Than Ever: Teaching Students Readiness For Future Change

Short Bio: Since 2007, Phyllis Goldfarb has served as Professor and Associate Dean for Clinics at George Washington Law School. Among many initiatives, she produced a film about the GW Clinics, established a graduate clinical fellowship program, and created a course in Clinical Teaching and Scholarship that she offers to clinical fellows. Currently she is an Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Law Review. From 1986-2007 Dean Goldfarb taught a criminal justice clinic at Boston College Law School, and courses in Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty, and Gender and Legal Theory. She has represented a number of clients on a pro bono basis, including death row inmates and one of the Framingham Eight, who was incarcerated for killing her batterer. Based on her work, she wrote "Describing Without Circumscribing: Questioning the Construction of Gender in the Discourse of Intimate Violence," (George Washington Law Review) and "A Theory-Practice Spiral: The Ethics of Feminism and Clinical Education," (Minnesota Law Review), among other articles. Her publications and presentations address divergent topics such as clinical education, death penalty, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, feminist theory, and domestic violence. She received a B.A. from Brandeis University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale University, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University.

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