Jane K. Stoever

Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Domestic Violence Clinic
Director, UCI Initiative to End Family Violence

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Domestic violence law, family law, clinical legal theory, feminist legal theory


Professor Stoever has extensive experience teaching domestic violence clinics and engaging in scholarship in the areas of domestic violence law, family law, feminist legal theory, and clinical legal theory.

In Professor Stoever’s clinical teaching, she supervises law students representing clients in family law, immigration, and other legal and non-legal interventions into domestic violence. Professor Stoever began teaching as a Georgetown Clinical Teaching Fellow and Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, where she taught in Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic and was trained in clinical pedagogy. Prior to joining the faculty at UCI Law, Professor Stoever was a faculty member at American University Washington College of Law and Seattle University School of Law, where she taught Family Law and Domestic Violence Law and directed the Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Stoever previously served as a judicial clerk, worked at legal aid offices and at a shelter for teenage girls, and was a live-in staff member at a shelter for homeless families. She graduated from Harvard Law School and received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Harvard Law School, she was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Professor Stoever’s scholarly work focuses on the multiple oppressions domestic violence survivors face and explores ways that the law can better respond to complex experiences of intimate partner abuse. In addressing the interdisciplinary problem of domestic violence, her scholarship frequently brings together the worlds of law, public health, psychology, and survivors’ lived experiences. Along with presenting her scholarship at numerous conferences, Professor Stoever organized and hosted an annual cross-disciplinary domestic violence symposium in Seattle from 2009-2012, with leading academics and audiences of over 400 participants. Professor Stoever has also been featured in Harvard Law School’s Women’s Rights Guide.

Current Courses:
Domestic Violence Clinic
Prior Courses:

Domestic Violence Clinic, Family Law, Domestic Violence Law & Lawyering

Recent Publications

Prof. Stoever's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

Recent and Upcoming Events

During the past four years, Professor Stoever has organized and hosted an annual cross-disciplinary domestic violence symposium, with leading academics and audiences of more than 400 participants. Other events include:

  • Jan. 12, 2018:
    Guest Lecture, Intimate Partner Violence and Medical Mandatory Reporting, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA.
  • Jan. 3, 2018: 
    Panelist, Access to Justice in the Age of Technology, Television, and Trump, Association of American Law Schools, Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
  • July 19, 2017:
    Moderator,  Panel on “Innovative partnership and funding opportunities,” Expanding Perspectives on Gender Equality conference, UCI Newkirk Alumni Center
  • April 6–7, 2017:
    Organizer and panelist, The Politicization of Safety, Initiative to End Family Violence Annual Conference, UC Irvine
  • Sept. 23, 2016:
    Speaker, “Representing Survivors and Mirandizing Family Justice,” Yale Law Temporary Restraining Order Project and Yale Law Women
  • May 3, 2016:
    Presenter, “Examining Community and Mission in Gender Violence Clinics,” 39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore 
  • April 19, 2016
    Speaker, “Domestic Violence and Dependency,” with Hon. Maria Hernandez, Views By Two Series, UC Irvine
  • April 4, 2016:
    Prof. Stoever discusses her article “Mirandizing Family Justice Centers,” published in Journal of Law and Gender, Harvard Law School
  • May 2013:
    Presenter, “Roundtable: Family Violence Strategies,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting
  • October 2012:
    Presenter, National Teleconference, “The Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence,” American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Center on Children and the Law, and AIDS Coordinating Committee
  • May 2012:
    Poster Presentation, “Beyond the Classroom: Teaching Context to Better Serve Clients,” Association of American Law Schools, Conference on Clinical Legal Education
  • April 2012:
    Faculty Presentation, “Transforming Domestic Violence Representation,” University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • March 2012:
    Presenter, “Complex Supervision Scenarios: When Client Services, Ethics, Morals, and Partnership Dynamics Collide,” Southwest Junior Clinicians Conference, Arizona State University
  • February 2012:
    Speaker, “Freedom from Violence: Using the Stages of Change Model to Understand Abuse Survivors’ Legal and Non-Legal Needs,” Battered Women Who Kill Symposium, St. Louis University School of Law

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