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Nancy K.D. Lemon

Title: John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer
Tel: 510-525-3164
Fax: 510-643-2362
Email Address: nlemon@law.berkeley.edu

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 208 (2009).

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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