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Donna Coker, Keynote
Keynote Speaker

Donna Coker

Professor of Law, University of Miami

Donna Coker

Biography

Donna Coker is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami (Florida). Her research explores the use of restorative justice responses to intimate partner violence and to campus sexual assault. Her empirical study of IPV cases in Navajo Peacemaking Courts has influenced work in the fields of restorative justice and intimate partner violence. She is a member of Campus PRISM (Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct on college campuses) and is an advisory board member for the U.S. project, Restorative Justice Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence. She co-chaired the 2014 conference: Converge! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence which brought together more than 200 activists, service providers, attorneys, and scholars to explore alternatives to crime-centered approaches to gender violence. She is the co-creator of a video project, Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, consisting of interviews with leading activists and scholars regarding the need to refocus gender violence activism on social inequalities and less on criminal justice intervention. In 2015, she was a co-investigator for a U.S. survey of service providers regarding their experiences with policing, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The result, Responses from the Field, reports results from more than 900 respondents. She serves as an expert consultant and advisory board member for a project of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Ending Mass Incarceration, Centralizing Racial Justice, and Developing Alternatives: The Role of Anti-Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations. She is currently engaged in two empirical studies: a survey of family law attorneys regarding their approach to cases involving domestic violence; a study of domestic violence court misdemeanor outcomes. Before attending law school, Professor Coker worked as a shelter-based advocate and was the coordinator of a community based domestic violence project. She teaches criminal law, evidence, mass incarceration, domestic violence and social justice.