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School of Law

Margaret E. Johnson

Associate Professor of Law Margaret E. Johnson
Director, Family Law Clinic
Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism
410. 837.5779
Family Law Clinic: 410.837.5706
1401 N. Charles St., Rm. 422

Administrative Assistant: Brittmy Martinez
410.837.5752, 1401 N. Charles St., Rm. 429


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987
J.D., cum laude, order of the coif, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1993

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Legal Theory
Domestic Violence
Family Law
Feminist Legal Theory
Property Law

Center on Applied Feminism

Johnson joined the faculty in 2006. Her scholarship focuses on issues relating to domestic violence, property, feminist legal theory and clinical legal education, and her articles have been published in the U.C. Davis Law Review, the B.Y.U. Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and the Temple Law Review, among others. Professor Johnson was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law School during the 2012-2013 academic year. Prior to joining the UB faculty, Johnson directed the Domestic Violence Clinic and taught Property and Sex-Based Discrimination at the Washington College of Law, American University; was an employment discrimination litigator, with a special focus on sexual harassment law, at the D.C. firms of Terris, Pravlik & Wagner, Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights; was a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow; clerked for the Hon. Hector M. Laffitte in the United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico; and served as articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review.

Johnson teaches the Family Law Clinic, where students represent clients in family-related legal issues and systemic advocacy relating to domestic violence and other family law issues. She also teaches Family Law, Property Law, and Special Topics in Applied Feminism and is co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, which works to apply the insights of feminist legal theory to legal practice and policy. She serves on the board of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, where she co-chairs the Feminist Policy and Advocacy Committee, and is Chair, Planning Committee, American Association of Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education 2014 Conference. Professor Johnson was named one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland in 2013 and is the recipient of a 2012 USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award. She was selected as Professor of the Year by the UB Women's Bar Association in 2008 and 2011. Johnson is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Selected Publications


MICPEL, Domestic Violence Cases: Skills and Strategies (forthcoming) (contributing author).

Articles and Essays

A Home with Dignity: Domestic Violence and Property Rights, __ B.Y.U.L. Rev. __ (2014)(forthcoming).

Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Integrating Community Legal Education into Law School Clinics, 18 Clin. L. Rev. 401 (2012)(co-author).

Foreword: Applying Feminism Globally, 41 U. Balt. L. Rev. 217 (2012).

Balancing Liberty, Dignity and Safety: The Impact of Domestic Violence Lethality Screening, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 519 (2010)

'Having It Our Way: Woman in Maryland's Workforce Circa 2027' Foreward. 1 MD L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 1 (2010).

Redefining Harm, Reimagining Remedies and Reclaiming Domestic Violence Law , 42 UC Davis L. Rev. 1107 (2009), cited in Douglas E. Abrams, et al., Contemporary Family Law (2d ed. 2009).

Avoiding Harm Otherwise: Reframing Women Employees' Responses to the Harms of Sexual Harassment, 80 Temp. L. Rev. 743 (2007).

An Experiment in Integrating Critical Theory and Clinical Education , 13 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 161 (2005).

A Unified Approach to Causation in Disparate Treatment Cases: Using Sexual Harassment by Supervisors as the Causal Nexus for the Discriminatory Motivating Factor in Mixed Motive Cases, 1993 Wis. L. Rev. 231 (1993), cited in Roy L. Brooks, et. al., Civil Rights Litigation: Cases and Perspectives (3d ed. 2005).

Articles on Social Science Research Network