Conference Presenter Profile

Phyllis Goldfarb

Name: Phyllis Goldfarb

Professional Title: Jacob Burns Foundation Professor & Associate Dean for Clinics

Affiliation: George Washington University Law School

Country: United States

Title of Presentation(s):

  • Thinking Structurally About Justice Education and Experiential Legal Programs

Short Bio: Since 2007, Phyllis Goldfarb has served as the Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the George Washington University Law School. In 2015-16, she chaired the Planning Committee for the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Baltimore, after serving on the Planning Committee for the 2013 Clinical Conference. Following several years of service as editor, Dean Goldfarb became an Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Law Review in 2014. She is currently a member of the AALS Committee on Clinical Legal Education. In 2012, she received the Clinical Legal Education Association’s national award as Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers. From 1986-2007 Dean Goldfarb was a faculty member at Boston College Law School, where she directed the Criminal Justice Clinic, while also teaching courses in Criminal Procedure, the 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, incarcerated for killing her batterer. The author of numerous scholarly articles, her scholarly focus is on the relationship between law practice and legal theory and the impact of that relationship on legal education and the legal profession. Her publications and presentations have addressed divergent topics such as legal education, clinical education, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, critical theory, feminist theory, racial justice, the death penalty, 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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