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Margo K. Lindauer

Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute
Wellesley College, BA 2003
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2007
Georgetown University Law Center, LLM 2012
Office: 140 Dockser Hall
Mail: 65 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-8617
E-mail: m.lindauer@northeastern.edu

Professor Lindauer holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences and serves as director of the Domestic Violence Institute and Domestic Violence Clinic

While the clinic is open only to upper-level students, Professor Lindauer oversees a first-year opportunity for students to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Institute’s Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) project, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston.  Through funding from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women, the LAV project seeks to connect individuals impacted by domestic violence with legal services, at those places they may first turn to for help. 

Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Lindauer worked at Project Place as the director of Partnerships to Opportunities for Women in Re-Entry (POWR), where she oversaw the implementation of an innovative US Department of Labor grant dedicated to working with female ex-offenders within six months of re-entry. This built upon her extensive background in domestic violence work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, Respond, Inc., and at Georgetown’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Lindauer gained valuable clinical teaching experience at Georgetown, where she earned her LLM and at Suffolk University Law School, where she served as a teaching fellow in the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic.

In 2019, Professor Lindauer was named a Bellow Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans. The Bellow Scholar Program, administered the by the AALS Clinical Section, recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow — a pioneering founder of modern clinical legal education. Every two years, the Bellow Scholar Program seeks innovative project proposals from clinical legal educators designed to improve the quality of justice in communities, enhance the delivery of legal services, and promote economic and social justice. Professor Lindauer’s project goal is to assess correlations between civil restraining order procurement and outcomes in criminal prosecutions for domestic violence and sexual assault and then make recommendations for policy changes based on the empirical findings to reduce inequality in outcomes and to improve access to justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Professor Lindauer is a member of the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). She actively mentors students and young attorneys who seek careers advocating for victims of domestic violence. Professor Lindauer also organized the law school’s recent “Finding the Nexus” conference in collaboration with the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law. The conference brought together hundreds of advocates,  lawyers, elected officials and policy makers in the domestic violence and sexual assault space. Professor Lindauer has been quoted in The Boston Globe and other media outlets.

Fields of Expertise

  • Clinical Education
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Welfare
  • Juvenile Courts
  • Family Law
  • Spanish for Lawyers

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Presentations

  • Lecture: Domestic Violence 101, Tufts University, Women and Health Seminar (November 2014).
  • Presentation: Domestic Violence Legal Training (component of 25 hour training to new staff and volunteers from Asian Task Force, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, Respond, Inc. and the Guidance Center) (November 2014).
  • Presentation: 25 Hour Domestic Violence Training, Created finalized curriculum, coordinated presentations and “trained the trainer” as well as taught 8 hours of curriculum to new staff hires, interns and volunteers from Asian Task Force, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and Respond, Inc. (Summer 2013; Fall 2013; Summer 2014).
  • Presentation: DV Basics, presented to Project Place Staff about domestic violence fundamentals, resources and warming signs (Winter 2014).
  • Presentation: 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training, Assisted in coordinating, preparing and teaching state mandated courses on domestic violence to new staff hires and volunteers from Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Asian Task Force, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and Respond, Inc. (Summer 2013; Fall 2013).
  • Presentation: Introduction to Domestic Violence, presented to police officers of all rank in Stoneham MA regarding domestic violence models, patterns, warning signs and resources available (Summer 2013).
  • Group: Domestic Violence Support Group, Started and facilitated 8 week progressive Domestic Violence support group to sentenced women at the Suffolk House of Correction (Summer 2013).
  • Presentations, Multiple community outreach presentations on teen dating violence (variations on basic presentation) to high school students, church groups, community groups and youth groups throughout Middlesex County (Winter 2013; Spring 2013; Summer 2013).