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September 28, 2020

Video: 2020 Margaret Brent Award recipient Deborah Epstein

Deborah Epstein, law professor and co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, is one of five recipients of the 2020 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Epstein has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the D.C. Superior Court’s effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse. She was an early chair of the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and was a founding co-director of the court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center. Epstein graduated from New York University School of Law.

The American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America.  Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638 and was involved in 124 court cases in more than eight years, winning every case. In 1648, she formally demanded a vote and voice in the Maryland Assembly, which the governor denied. The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession selects the annual awardees.