Professor Courtney Cross joined the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV in Fall 2023 as a Professor of Law. Professor Cross will design and teach a new law clinic focused on providing legal services to survivors of intimate partner violence, with an emphasis on advocating for criminalized survivors.
Professor Cross’ research focuses on the intersectionality of domestic violence, criminal law, poverty, and public health. Her scholarship has appeared in leading law reviews, including the University of California – Davis Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Washington Law Review, and the Utah Law Review. Prior to Boyd Law, Professor Cross was an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Instruction and the Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic at the University of Alabama School of Law. She has taught in the Civil Litigation Clinic at the University of Denver and was a clinical teaching fellow in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University.
Prior to joining academia, Professor Cross served as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Fellow and staff attorney at a women’s reentry nonprofit in Washington, D.C. where she represented formerly incarcerated women in domestic violence and family court proceedings. She also represented incarcerated women in parole revocation hearings. Professor Cross received an LL.M. degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from UC San Diego.