Margaret Drew


Margaret Drew

Associate Professor

Law School / Faculty

Curriculum Vitae




UMass School of Law 223


University of Massachusetts BostonBA
Northeastern University School of LawJD
Boston University School of Law LLM Taxation


  • Human Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Practice



This course addresses the lawyer's ethical obligations under the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct. Lawyers are governed by professional rules and are subject to disciplinary sanctions for non-compliance. But the lawyer's duty to act ethically and professionally goes beyond the model rules. In addition to discussion of the ethical behavior demanded, the course will examine the rules of professional conduct and the values and responsibilities promoted through the rules. The course will explore how the rules' ethical requirements interplay with conscience and moral beliefs, and how adherence to the rules can create social, familial and religious dilemmas for attorneys. The course will address bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism, and will introduce (1) the importance of cross-cultural competency to professionally responsible representation, and (2) the obligation of lawyers to promote a justice system that provides equal access and eliminates bias, discrimination, and racism in the law. In addition, this course affords students an opportunity for the development of a professional identity. Professional identity focuses on what it means to be a lawyer and the special obligations lawyers have to their clients and society. The development of professional identity involves an intentional exploration of the values, guiding principles, and well-being practices considered foundational to successful legal practice

Clinical Course: This course is open to students who completed LAW 708. Students enrolling in this course must be pre-approved by the instructor. No more than two students per semester will be accepted into this course.


Research interests

  • Gender Violence
  • Trauma and Healing
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Ethics

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Margaret Drew and Jean Mercer, Co-Editors (2021).
    Challenging Parental Alienation
  • Margaret Drew (2020).
    Feminist Perspectives on Disaster, Pandemics, and IPV (Book Chapter)
    Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan, Springer
  • Margaret Drew (with Jason Potter and Caitlin Stover) (2020).
    Complicated Lives: A Look Into the Experiences of Individuals Living with HIV, Legal Impediments, and Other Social Determinants of Health
    Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, 23
  • Margaret Drew (2019).
    Dealing with Disappointing Results
    Journal of Family and Intimate Partner Violence, 11 FIPV 1
  • Margaret Drew (2018).
    Truth Seeking: The Lenahan Case and the Search for a Human Rights Remedy
    St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol 62 No. 4

Professional background

Prior to entering academia full-time in 2005, Professor Drew practiced law in Massachusetts for twenty-five years. She represented clients in the District, Probate and Family and Appellate Courts of Massachusetts. Professor Drew’s practice focused on family, probate and residential real estate. She handled numerous appeals in family law and probate matters.

Professor Drew is a member of several bar associations including the American Bar Association, having served with its Commission of Domestic and Sexual Violence since its founding. Professor Drew is a past chair of the Commission. from whom she recently received a 20/20 Vision Award for her work in implementing the Violence Against Women Act and mobilizing attorneys to represent survivors of domestic violence.  She is a member of the ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee. Professor Drew is a member and past chair of the amicus committee of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Professor Drew is a member of the state bars of Massachusetts, Alabama and Ohio and continues to represent survivors of intimate partner abuse.

Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts School of Law, Professor Drew taught domestic violence clinics at the University of Alabama Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she was Director of Clinics and Experiential Learning. 

Professor Drew is co-founder and editor of Human Rights at Home Blog.


Truth Seeking: The Lenahan Case and the Search for A Human Rights Remedy, St. Louis Law Journal, forthcoming (Spring 2018)

It's Not Complicated: Containing Criminal Law's Influence on the Title IX Process, Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice Volume 6 Fall 2017 Number 2

Collaboration and Intention, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 32 2017 No. 3

Evolution of Law School Clinics  (Book Chapter with Andrew Morriss) BEYOND ELITE LAW: Access to Civil Justice for Americans of Average Means (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016)

Collaboration and Coercion, Hastings Women's Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 79, (2013), 1 Irish Law Journal 27 (2012)

Denying  Choice of Forum, An Interference by the Massachusetts Trial Courts with Domestic Violence Victims’ Rights and Safety, Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 43 (2010)

Do Ask and Do Tell: Rethinking the Lawyer’s Duty to Warn in Domestic Violence Cases (with S. Buel) University of Cincinnati Law Review, Vol. 75, No. 447  (2006) 

Lawyer Malpractice and Domestic Violence: Are we Re-Victimizing Our Clients?
Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 39, p. 7 (2005)

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