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Lois Hilfiker Kanter

Clinical Professor and Director of the Domestic Violence Institute
Radcliffe College, AB 1968
Harvard University, JD 1976
Office: 140F Dockser Hall
Mail: 65 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-8617
Fax: (617) 373-8236

Professor Kanter is an expert in legal responses to domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a founding partner of the school's Domestic Violence Institute and currently serves as its Executive Director. She teaches the Domestic Violence Clinic, a six credit course that places upper level law students in the Dorchester and Roxbury Divisions of the Boston Municipal Court to assist victims of violence in securing civil restraining orders and related relief.

While at Northeastern, Professor Kanter has been involved in a wide variety of community coalitions and federally sponsored research and demonstration projects. She helped to found the Victim Rights Law Center, a unique organization providing civil legal services to sexual assault victims, and served as the first president of its board of directors. She has been active in interdisciplinary research and programming, and for twenty years directed a medical legal project in the Emergency Department of Boston Medical Center.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Professor Kanter was a clinical instructor at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a clinical instructor at Boston University and a managing attorney for Greater Boston Legal Services.

In addition, Professor Kanter is involved in the law school’s Legal Skills in Social Context program.

Fields of Expertise

  • Domestic Violence
  • Poverty Law

Selected Works

Selected Articles

“Invisible Clients: Exploring Our Failure to Provide Civil Legal Services to Rape Victims,” 38 Suffolk Law Review 253, 2005.

“Who’s Listening? Introducing Students to Client-Centered, Client-Empowering and Multidisciplinary Problem-Solving in a Clinical Setting” (with Enos), 9 Clinical Law Review 83, 2002.

“Northeastern’s Domestic Violence Institute: The Law School Clinic as an Integral Partner in a Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence” (et al),47 Loyola Law Review 359, 2001.