Courses and administrative duties
Professor Dunlap teaches Civil Procedure, Domestic Violence Law, Field Placement, and Family Law Practice and serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Legal Association for Women at UMass Law. She is the Director of Clinical Programs & Experiential Learning.
Professor Dunlap taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, American University Law School, and the University of Baltimore Law School.
She began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She then worked at the D.C. Superior Court, in Washington, D.C., as staff attorney and Director of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect.
Professor Dunlap is a member of the Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Arkansas bars.
Professor Dunlap's publications have focused on domestic violence and juvenile law, mental health law, and law school teaching. They include:
a contribution, "A Humanizing Classroom Exercise," to Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011): I’d Just as Soon Flunk You as Look at You? The Evolution to Humanizing in a Large Classroom, 47 Washburn L.J. 101 (2008), which was selected as the April 2011 article of the month by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
A Review of What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights: Still a ‘Slogan in Search of a Definition’, 11 U.C. Davis J. of Juv. L. & Pol. 181 (2007)
Judging Nicholson: An Assessment of Nicholson v. Scoppetta, 82 Denv. U. L. Rev. 671 (2005)
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child: The Error of Pursuing Battered Mothers for Failure to Protect, 50 Loy. L. Rev. 565 (2004)
Reflection-in-Action: Lessons Learned from New Clinicians, 11 Clinical L. Rev. 49 (2004) (with Peter Joy)
The Pitiless Double Abuse of Battered Mothers, 11 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 523 (2003)
Mental Health Advance Directives: Having One’s Say?, 89 Ky L.J. 327 (2001)
I Don’t Want to Play God: A Response to Professor Tremblay, 67 Fordham L. Rev. 601 (1999)
What’s Competence Got to Do With It: The Right Not to Be Acquitted by Reason of Insanity, 50 Okla. L. Rev. 495 (1997)
Her current scholarship interests focus on the use of apology in the law, including apology statutes, their goals, and outcomes.