Dean for Faculty Development
Professor of Law
Deborah Tuerkheimer joined the DePaul University College of Law faculty in 2009. She teaches Criminal Law, Feminist Legal Theory and Domestic Violence. She was previously a professor at the University of Maine School of Law, where she also taught Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Her most recent work on rape law appears in the Cornell Law Review, the Yale Law Journal Online, and the Minnesota Law Review (forthcoming). She is a co-author of West’s "Feminist Jurisprudence" casebook. Professor Tuerkheimer is also the author of "Flawed Convictions: “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the Inertia of Injustice", a monograph to be published in early 2014 by Oxford University Press. Professor 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. Professor Tuerkheimer has also published a number of articles critiquing the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence. Her scholarship has appeared in top law journals and the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. Professor Tuerkheimer earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard College and her JD from Yale. 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.
BA, Harvard University; JD, Yale Law School