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Visiting ProfessorDana Shoenberg
Bronfein Family Law Clinic
John and Frances Angelos Law Center,  Room 426
Family Law Clinic: 410.837.5706

Administrative Assistant: Terry Berk
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 207


A.B., Cornell University, 1989
J.D., Yale Law School, 1993
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Justice
Rights of Prisoners
Family Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure

Before joining the faculty in 2015, Professor Shoenberg served as Deputy Director of the Center for Children's Law and Policy (CCLP), where she worked with state and local juvenile justice systems across the country to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, reduce unnecessary incarceration and improve conditions of confinement. During her time at CCLP, she helped manage national juvenile justice reform initiatives, co-authored standards for conditions of confinement in juvenile detention, and conducted professional trainings on topics such as sexual misconduct prevention, addressing the school-to-prison pipeline, rights of confined youth, LGBTQI youth in the juvenile justice system, reducing detention of probation violators, and court systems' responsibilities to limited-English-proficient youth and families. From 2012-2014, she also taught a Juvenile Justice seminar as an adjunct professor at American University's Washington College of Law. She was an instructor in the Certificate Program in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities with Georgetown University's Center on Juvenile Justice Reform from 2013-2015.

From 1998 to 2005, Professor Shoenberg served as an attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she investigated and litigated to remedy patterns and practices of constitutional and federal law violations in jails, prisons, juvenile facilities and police departments. Early in her legal career, she clerked for the Honorable Edward N. Cahn, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, then held two clinical teaching fellowships, in the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center and in the Family Law Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. 

Professor Shoenberg teaches in the Bronfein Family Law Clinic, where students represent low-income clients in family law matters such as child custody, divorce, child support and domestic violence protective orders. Students also engage in law reform and education and take part in projects related to juvenile justice.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

Graduated Responses Toolkit: New Resources and Insights to Help Youth Succeed on Probation, Center for Children’s Law and Policy (2016) (with Jason Szanyi).

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Manual, Center for Children’s Law and Policy, Chapter 6, “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Post-Disposition” and Chapter 7, “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities at Transfer” (2015).

Practice Guide: Juvenile Detention Facility Assessment Standards, Guidelines and How To Tools, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (June 2014) (written with colleagues from the Center for Children’s Law and Policy and the Youth Law Center).

Innovation Brief:  Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pennsylvania, a publication of the     Macarthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative (November 30, 2012).

Introduction, Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry, Elena Grigorenko, Editor (2012).     

Juvenile Justice:  Lessons for a New Era, XVI Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 483 (Symposium Issue 2009) (with Mark Soler and Marc Schindler).

Strategies for Serving Hispanic Youth, in Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual, Fourth Edition (July 2009) (with Maria Ramiu).

“Berks County DMC Reduction Project Moves Forward,” Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice, April 2006.  

Keystones for Reform:  Promising Juvenile Justice Policies and Practices in Pennsylvania, A Youth Law Center Publication (October 2005)

Departures for Family Ties and Responsibilities After Koon, 9 Federal Sentencing Reporter 292 (May/June 1997).

The Third Circuit: Requiring Specificity in District Court Reasons, 6 Federal Sentencing Reporter 242 (March/April 1994).