Deborah Tuerkheimer

Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law


Deborah Tuerkheimer joined the Northwestern Law faculty in 2014 after serving as a Professor of Law at DePaul University since 2009. Professor Tuerkheimer received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her JD from Yale. She teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence, and feminist legal theory. Her book, Flawed Convictions: “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the Inertia of Injustice, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. She is also a co-author of the casebook Feminist Jurisprudence: Cases and Materials and the author of numerous articles on rape and domestic violence. After clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz, she 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. Tuerkheimer was elected to the American Law Institute in 2015, an esteemed group of judges, lawyers, and legal scholars dedicated to the development of the law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Evidence
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law

Selected Publications

  • SlutWalking in the Shadow of the Law in 98 minnesota law review 1453 (2014).
  • Sex Without Consent in 123 yale law journal online 335 (2013).
  • Breakups in 25 yale journal of law & feminism 51 (2013).
  • Judging Sex in 97 cornell law review 101 (2012).
  • FEMINIST JURISPRUDENCE: CASES AND MATERIALS, 4th ed. (West Law School Publishing 2010) (with Cynthia Bowman, Laura Rosenbury and Kimberly Yoracko).

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  • AB with honors, Harvard University
  • JD, Yale Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Development, 2013-2014, DePaul University College of Law
  • Professor of Law, 2009-2014, DePaul University College of Law
  • Professor of Law, 2007-2009, University of Maine School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 2002-2007, University of Maine School of Law

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