Leigh Goodmark

Leigh Goodmark is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law.  Professor Goodmark co-directs the Clinical Law Program, teaches Family Law, Gender and the Law, and Gender Violence and the Law, and directs the Gender, Prison, and Trauma Clinic, a clinic representing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated survivors of violence and trauma.  Professor Goodmark is also an adjunct faculty member with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Goodmark is the author of Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism (University of California Press 2023), Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence (University of California Press 2018) and A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (New York University 2012), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012.  She is the co-editor of The Criminalization of Violence Against Women: Comparative Perspectives (Oxford 2023) and Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (Oxford 2015). 

Professor Goodmark’s work on intimate partner violence has also appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and publications, including Violence Against Women, the New York Times, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Gender and the Law, and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism. From 2003 to 2014, Professor Goodmark was on the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism.  From 2000 to 2003, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.  Before joining the Center on Children and the Law, Professor Goodmark represented clients in the District of Columbia in custody, visitation, child support, restraining order, and other civil matters.  Professor Goodmark is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Recent Appearances/Events

Date Venue Address
Date: April 25, 2024
6:00pm -
Venue: Left Bank Books Address: 399 N. Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri
Date: April 23, 2024
6:30pm -
Venue: Skylark Bookshop Address: 22 S. 9th Street
Columbia, Missouri
Date: March 19, 2024
7:00pm -
Venue: Books and Books Address: 265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida