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Faculty Profile

Zelda Harris

Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Child and Family Law Clinic


E-mail:  Zelda Harris
Office Number: RH 115
Office Phone: (520) 626-6095

Courses Taught:
Domestic Violence Interview & Advice Only Clinic - Law 696c
Domestic Violence Seminar - Law 696B
Professional Responsibility for Family Lawyers - Law 609


Washington University School of Law, J.D. (1991) Minority Scholarship Award; Programs Director, Black Law Student's Association; Client Counseling Competition, Semi-finalist
Syracuse University, B.S. (1988) Outstanding Scholarship Award

Admitted to Practice


Professional Work Experience

Clinical Professor of Law/Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2003 - present
Associate Clinical Professor of Law/Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1998 - 2003
Senior Lecturer, Staff Attorney, and Adjunct faculty, Northwestern University School of Law, 1992 - 1998
Staff Attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., Alton, Illinois, 1991 - 1992

Representative Publications

The Predicament of the Immigrant Victim/Defendant: "VAWA Diversion" and Other Considerations in Support of Battered Women, 14 Hastings Women's L.J. 1 (2003), reprinted in 23 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 49 (2004).
STATE V. LEWIS CASE FILE (1998) (co-author, with Frank D. Rothschild).
Complete List of Publications


Panelist, What the Courts Can and Should Do for Families (Ariz. Assn. Family, Court & Community Professionals Annual Conf., Closing Plenary, Sedona, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2002). 
Presenter, Invisible Trauma: Cultural Considerations and Relationship Violence (Ariz. Assn. Family, Court & Community Professionals Annual Conf., Pre-Conference Institute, Sedona, Ariz., Feb. 8, 2002). 
Workshop Presenter, Domestic Violence and Mandatory Prosecution (Southern Ariz. Domestic Violence Awareness Conf., Weaving a Web of Hope, Oct. 17, 2001). 
Workshop Presenter, Perspectives on Effective Treatment (Ariz. Assn. Prevention Family Violence Second Annual Symposium, Sept. 28, 2001). 


National Institute for Trial Advocacy 1995 - present
Faculty Member
American Bar Association
Co-chair, Family Law Newsletter, Family Law Committee, Litigation Section, 2000 - 2001

Public Service

The Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services, Inc. President and Member of Board of Directors, 1999 - present
Saheli: Sisters in Action Member, 2001 - present (Domestic Violence Advocacy group)
Morris K. Udall Inn of Court 2000 - 2001
City of Tucson/Pima County Domestic Violence Commission Commissioner, 1999
Chicago Department of Public Health Member, Violence Prevention Planning Council, 1997 - 1998
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network Trustee, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1998
Today's Chicago Woman Foundation Member, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1998
Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition Member, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1998
Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council Subcommittee member, 1994 - 1998
Office of the Cook County State's Attorney Member, Domestic Violence Task Force, 1996 - 1998
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council Member, 1993 - 1997
Chicago Bar Association Chair, Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Juvenile Law Committee, 1995 - 1996

Institutional Service

University of Arizona Commission on the Status of Women Commissioner & Committee Member, Millennium Research Project, 1999 - present
College of Law Member, Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, Community Service Board ad hoc Committee, 1998 - present