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Nancy K.D. Lemon
Title: John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Lemon, a leading authority on domestic violence for more than 29
years, pioneered its study in law schools and is the author of Domestic
Violence Law, the premiere textbook on the subject (West Group, 3d. Ed.
2009). Lemon has been teaching the Domestic Violence Seminar at Boalt -the
first law school class of its kind- since 1988, and also directs the
Domestic Violence Practicum.
Lemon has specialized in domestic violence law as an advocate and
practicing attorney, working both with victims of domestic abuse and
police and public agencies charged with responding to domestic crime. As
director of the Domestic Violence Unit of Alameda County's Legal Aid
Society in 1981, Lemon trained attorneys and shelter workers along with
Oakland police officers, and was instrumental in creating the Southern
Alameda County Domestic Violence Law Project. Lemon subsequently served as
coordinator of the Mid-Peninsula Support Network and was legal program
director of Battered Women's Alternatives, now Stand Against Domestic
Violence, in Contra Costa from 1983 to 1987. She has also worked as a
staff attorney and volunteer coordinator for Alameda County's Family
Violence Law Center.
Lemon served on the board of the California Partnership to End Domestic
Violence, as well as its predecessor, the California Alliance Against
Domestic Violence (CAADV), where she helped draft and work toward the
passage of many pieces of state legislation benefiting victims of domestic
violence and their children. She currently consults and testifies as an
expert witness on domestic violence in criminal prosecution, defense,
family law, asylum, and tort cases. She was an associate editor of
Domestic Violence Report from 1995 to 2009, a national bimonthly journal
(Civic Research Institute, NJ). Lemon holds a B.A. degree in Women's
Studies, a major she co-founded, from the University of California, Santa
Cruz, and earned a J.D. degree from Boalt Hall.
In addition to her textbook, Lemon's publications on domestic violence
have been widely published. Recent writings include the 2010 edition of
the Manual on Domestic Violence available from the Ca. Partnership to End
Domestic Violence, and "A Transformative Process: Working as a Domestic
Violence Expert Witness," 24 Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice
Lemon also administers the Jim Fahey Safe Homes Fund for Women Fellowship, which provides scholarships for graduate students at UC Berkeley with demonstrated financial need and a strong aptitude in relevant subjects as well as a deep commitment to combating domestic violence against women. The first annual awards were made in Spring 2011.
In 2009, Nancy Lemon received both an Outstanding Women of Berkeley Award
from the Commission on the Status of Women and the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
B.A., UC Santa Cruz (1975)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1980)
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