Criminal Justice Forum - Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer, "Rape Law for the Twenty-First Century"
Deborah Tuerkheimer teaches Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, and Feminist Jurisprudence at DePaul University College of Law and was previously a professor at the University of Maine School of Law, where she also taught Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
Tuerkheimer has published a number of articles addressing how the U.S. Supreme Court’s transformation of the Confrontation Clause uniquely impacts the prosecution of domestic violence. Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Indiana Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Arizona Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Texas Law Review on-line, and the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. Tuerkheimer’s article, “The Next Innocence Project: Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Criminal Courts,” appeared in a 2009 issue of the Washington University Law Review, and received national and international attention. She is a co-author of West’s Feminist Jurisprudence casebook and the author of Shaken Baby Syndrome, a monograph to be published by Oxford University Press.
Tuerkheimer earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard College and her JD from Yale. After clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz, Tuerkheimer served for five years as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she specialized in domestic violence prosecution.