UMass Law's Justine Dunlap's faculty portrait.

Justine Dunlap


Law School / Faculty




UMass School of Law 226


Case Western Reserve University JD
Ohio State UniversityBA


  • Civil Procedure
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Field Placement
  • Family Law Practice

Professional background

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. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Legal Association for Women at UMass Law.


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.

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