Donna Coker

Member, Board of Directors

Professor, School of Law, University of Miami, USA

Donna Coker is a Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of Miami. Donna Coker has a J.D. (1991) from Stanford Law School, an M.S.W. (1982) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a B.S.W. from Harding University (1978). Before joining the University of Miami faculty in 1995, Professor Coker practiced law with a major west coast law firm and taught domestic violence law at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara School of Law. She served as Academic Associate Dean from 2005–2009. She has taught criminal law, evidence, domestic violence, family law, wrongful convictions and other advanced criminal justice courses.

Professor Coker’s scholarship focuses on criminal law, gender and inequality. She is a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence law and policy. Her research concerns three major areas: the connection between economic vulnerability and domestic violence; restorative justice and other alternative criminal justice interventions; and gender and criminal law doctrine. She is a leading critic of the disproportionate focus on criminal justice responses that characterizes U.S. domestic violence policy. Her widely cited research illustrates the negative impact of this focus on battered women marginalized as a function of poverty, race, or immigration status.

Before attending law school, Professor Coker worked in the domestic violence field for 10 years. Professor Coker’s public service includes amicus curiae representation of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (Legal Momentum); training lawyers, activists and child abuse/neglect investigators; service as a board member for a state-wide project providing civil representation for battered women; and expert consultation and testimony on sentencing and child custody. She serves as co-editor for the Criminal Law section of Jotwell (an online journal).