Saltman Lecture: "Decriminalizing Domestic Violence" by Leigh Goodmark


Thursday, February 27, 2020 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm


BSL Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility #151


Decriminalizing Domestic Violence
by Leigh Goodmark

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Approved for 1 CLE credit

Leigh S. Goodmark

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Professor Goodmark is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Clinical Education and Family Law Clinic and Co-Director of the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she had been a faculty member since 2003. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Baltimore, she directed the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law. Professor Goodmark is a former president of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.  She is a member of the Editorial Board of Violence Against Women and serves on the Advisory Board for NVRDC, a victim service organization.

Program Description
Professor Goodmark will discuss her recent book, Decriminalizing Domestic Violence, which examines the crucial, yet often overlooked, question of why and how the criminal legal system became the primary response to intimate partner violence in the United States. Professor Goodmark explores the ways in which the criminal legal system harms rather than helps those who are subjected to abuse and violence in their homes and communities, and how it drives, rather than deters, intimate partner violence. Professor Goodmark examines how social, legal, and financial resources are diverted into a criminal legal apparatus that is often unable to deliver justice or safety to victims or to prevent intimate partner violence in the first place. Professor Goodmark argues that only by viewing intimate partner violence as an economic, public health, community, and human rights problem can we develop a balanced policy agenda for addressing it. At a moment when we are examining our national addiction to punishment, Professor Goodmark’s work offers a thoughtful, pragmatic roadmap to real reform.

5:00 – 5:05    Welcome and introductions
5:05 – 5:50    Presentation
5:50 – 6:00    Question and Answer
6:00 – 6:30    Refreshments and book signing, sponsored by SafeNest and Strategies 360

$30     Attorneys seeking CLE credit
$20     Boyd Alumni seeking CLE credit
Free    UNLV Faculty, Staff and Students
Free    Attorneys not seeking CLE credit
Free    General public

Book information - Decriminalizing Domestic Violence