Envision by WorldStrides is dedicated to connecting top scholars with successful professionals and industry leaders. That’s why we’re thrilled to feature Laurie S. Kohn as a speaker at our National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI
in Washington, D.C. and spotlight her on our blog.
Kohn is Associate Dean of the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics at The George Washington University (GW) Law School and Director of the Family Justice Litigation Clinic. She also teaches Professional Responsibility and Ethics at GW. Before joining the GW Law faculty in 2010, Kohn was Co-Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center.
Prior to entering academia, Kohn was an Associate at the D.C. law firm of Crowell & Moring, where she specialized in medical malpractice and insurance coverage litigation. Before entering private practice, she focused on disability rights, assisting in the legislative phase of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as part of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s office, and later in the regulatory drafting and enforcement of the ADA with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kohn serves as a hearing officer in police misconduct cases for the D.C. Office of Police Complaints and was appointed by the mayor to the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. She is also former Chair of the D.C. Bar Family Law Section’s steering committee and currently serves on the D.C. Bar Nominations Committee. At the D.C. Superior Court, Kohn serves on many judicial committees and regularly trains in-coming judges.
A published author, much of Kohn’s writing is on domestic violence, custody, and fatherhood. Her articles include The False Promise of Custody in Domestic Violence Protection Orders; Money Can’t Buy You Love: Valuing Contributions by Nonresidential Fathers; and Engaging Men as Fathers: The Courts, the Law and Father-Absence in Low-Income Families. She has also written extensively on restorative justice, appearing in Seton Hall Law Review with her article What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding? Restorative Justice as a New Paradigm for Domestic Violence Intervention; Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy with #MeToo, Wrongs Against Women, and Restorative Justice; and Ms. Magazine with He Says it Didn’t Happen: Rob Porter, Donald Trump, and How We Treat Abuse Allegations.
Kohn attended Harvard College as an undergraduate and received her Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Georgetown University Law Center. She has appeared on radio programs and participated in symposia on domestic violence and family law around the country. We’re so thrilled to have her as part of the Envision Speaker Network!