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Deborah M. Weissman

Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law

Education

  • J.D. (cum laude), Syracuse University (1975)
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), Syracuse University (1972)

Deborah Weissman is the Reef Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law. She was the Director of Clinical Programs from January 2001 through July 2010. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University and graduated cum laude from Syracuse University Law School. Prior to teaching law, she has had extensive experience in all phases of legal advocacy, including labor law, family, education related civil rights, and immigration law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Tampa, Florida, and as a partner in a civil rights firm in Syracuse, New York. From 1994 to 1998, she was Deputy Director and then Executive Director at Legal Services of North Carolina.

Weissman teaches the Human Rights Policy Seminar, Domestic Violence Law, and the Lawyer as Public Citizen. She has taught the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic, Civil Lawyering Process and the Civil Litigation Clinic. Her recent publications include Remaking Mexico: Law Reform as Foreign Policy (Cardozo L. Rev., forthcoming); Law, Social Movements and the Political Economy of Domestic Violence, (22 Duke J. of Gender, Law & Policy 221 (2013); Redefining Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Lessons for Pedagogy and Practice (with Caroline Bettinger-López, et al.), 18 Georgetown J. of Law and Poverty 337 (2011); The Legal Production of the Transgressive Family: Binational Family Relationships Between Cuba and the United State, 88 North Carolina Law Review 1881 (2010);The Moral Politics of Social Control: Political Culture and Ordinary Crime in Cuba (with Marsha Weissman) 35 Brooklyn J. of Int’l L. 311 (2010); Gender and Human Rights: Between Morals and Politics in Gender Equality (Lnda C. McClain and Joanna L. Grossman, eds. 2009); Domestic Violence in the PostIndustrial Household, In Violence against Women in Families and Relationships (Evan Stark and Eve Buzawa eds. 2009); Public Power and Private Purpose: Odious Debt and the Political Economy of Hegemony (with Louis A. Pérez, Jr.), 32 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 699 (2007); The Personal is Political-- And Economic: Rethinking Domestic Violence, 2007 BYU L. Rev. 387 ( 2007); Proyecto de Derechos Humanos: Una Perspectiva Crítica, Revista Temas, Número 47 Julio Septiembre 2006; and The Political Economy of Violence: Toward an Understanding of the Gender-Based Murders of Ciudad Juárez, 30 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Comm. Reg. 795 (2005).

Professor Weissman serves as an Executive Committee member for The Consortium in Latin American Studies, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, and as a member of the Advisory Board with The Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina. In 2013, she received the Frank Porter Graham Award from the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union for outstanding civil rights work.

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Selected Publications

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  • Remaking Mexico: Law Reform as Public Policy, CARDOZO L. REV. (forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • Law, Social Movements, and the Political Economy of Domestic Violence, 20 DUKE J. GENDER L. & POL'Y 221 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Promoting Language Access in the Legal Academy (with Jayesh Rathod, et al.) 13 U. MD. L.J. RACE, RELIGION, GENDER & CLASS 6 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • Undocumented Immigrants and Access to the Courts, NORTH CAROLINA STATE BAR J., Fall 2012 at 20. [Hein]
  • Redefining Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens Of Critical Theory: Lessons for Pedagogy and Practice (with C. Bettinger-Lopez, D. Finger, M. Jain, J. Newman and S. Paoletti), 18 GEO. J. ON POVERTY L. & POL'Y 337 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Moral Politics of Social Control: Political Culture and Ordinary Crime in Cuba (with M. Weissman), 35 BROOK. J. INT'L L. 311 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Public Power and Private Purpose: Odious Debt and the Political Economy of Hegemony, (with L. Perez) 32 N.C. J. INT'L L. & COM. REG. 699 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Personal is Political--and Economic: Rethinking Domestic Violence, 2007 B.Y.U. L. REV. 387 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Political Economy of Violence: Toward an Understanding of the Gender-Based Murders of Ciudad Juárez, 30 N.C. J. INT'L L. & COM. REG. 795 (2005). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Human Rights Dilemma: Rethinking the Humanitarian Project, 35 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 259 (2004). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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