Jane K. Stoever

Clinical Professor of Law
Jane K. Stoever


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


Professor Stoever teaches Family Law and Legal Ethics and directs the UCI Law Domestic Violence Clinic, which represents abuse survivors in civil, criminal, immigration, and policy interventions in abuse. She also directs the interdisciplinary UCI Initiative to End Family Violence and co-chairs the Orange County Domestic Violence Death Review Team.

Her scholarly work focuses on the multiple oppressions abuse survivors face and explores ways that the law can better respond to complex experiences of intimate partner abuse. Her recent publications address firearm fatalities, reproductive coercion, and technology-enabled abuse, and her scholarship includes the book The Politicization of Safety.

 She has advised the Obama and Biden administrations on domestic violence policy and has received awards for her service and advocacy, including the “Everyday Hero Award” from her county’s Bar association, a Congressional “Woman of the Year Award,” the “Justice for Children Leader Award,” and the UCI “Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award” and her city’s “Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award” for
 her work in local high schools on abuse prevention and intervention. 

Professor Stoever previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center, American University Washington College of Law, and Seattle University School of Law; served as a judicial clerk; and worked at legal aid offices and as a live-in staff member at a shelter for homeless families. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Harvard Law School, she was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

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Prof. Stoever's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

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:

  • October 24, 2023
    Presenter, "Removing the Bias of Criminal Convictions from Family Law," Yale Law School
  • September 29, 2022
  • Presenter, "Addressing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Firearms: Current Trends, Risks, Policies and Promising Public Health Tools and Practices," California Department of Public Health, Webinar
  • September 16, 2022
  • Panelist, "Implications of the Dobbs Decision," OC Bar Association and OC Women's Law Association, Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa
  • July 27, 2022:
    Panelist, "The POWER Act: Promoting Pro Bono Legal Services to Empower Survivors of Domestic Violence" U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Online
  • March 5, 2022:
    Presenter, " Battle of the Experts: Preparing Your End Game, "Navigating the Complexities of Domestic Violence with or without Resources” Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Aug. 18, 2021:
    Presenter, "Groundbreaking Research and Interventions in Abuse," Orange County Bar Association, Online
  • April 8, 2021:
    Panelist, Online Gendered Hostility & Violence, Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law symposium “The Evolution of Technology & Gender-Related Offenses,” Georgetown Law, Online
  • Oct. 6, 2020: 
    Speaker, Responding to Intimate Partner Violence from a Law Enforcement, Legal and Medical Prospective, CHOC Childrens, Webinar
  • July 21, 2020:
    Facilitator, “Anti-Carceral Responses to Gender-Based Violence,” 2020 AALS/CLEA Virtual Clinical Conference, Online
  • Jan. 24, 2020:
    Panelist, Current State of Gender Equality, 1920-2020: The Effects of Women’s Suffrage 100 Years After Ratification of the 19th Amendment, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange, CA
  • May 31, 2019:
    Speaker, Gaming, Virtual Worlds, and Future Frontiers in Gender-based Violence Prevention, Feminist Legal Issues in Cyberspace Panel, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • May 31, 2019:
    Roundtable Session, Self-Care, Healing, and Mind/Body After the Kavanaugh Hearings and Confirmation, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • May 5, 2019:
    Speaker, Polarization in the Legal Academy: A Conversation on Looking Inward to Break New Ground, Association of American Law Schools, 2019 Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Francisco, CA
  • April 18, 2019:
    Book Talk on The Politicization of Safety, Program on Women’s Health and Safety, National Women’s Political Caucus, Orange County, Tustin, CA
  • April 17, 2019:
    Keynote Speaker, UCI Take Back the Night, UCI Flagpoles, Irvine, CA
  • Jan. 5, 2019:
    Speaker, AALS Discussion Group, 2019 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Sept. 7, 2018: 
    Keynote Speaker, Access to Safety and Justice: Celebrating Successes While Seeking to Improve the Efficacy of Domestic Violence Protection Orders, 2018 Domestic Violence Symposium, Seattle, WA
  • April 23, 2018:
    Speaker, "Intersectional Fears: Immigration, Intimate Partner Violence, and California’s Mandatory Reporting Law," UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Community Health Research Exchange, Irvine, CA
  • April 18, 2018:
    Keynote Speaker, Take Back the Night, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • April 12, 2018:
    Speaker, UCI Law Domestic Violence Clinic led Youth Action Forum on #MeToo, Beckman High School, Irvine, CA
  • April 10, 2018:
    Speaker, "The Gender Equality Imperative," American Association of University Women’s Equal Pay Day Program, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
  • March 24, 2018:
    Speaker, "Firearms and Family Violence," March for Our Lives, Santa Ana, CA
  • March 11, 2018:
    Speaker, "The Importance of Reinstating the OC Commission on the Status of Women," UC Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA.
  • Feb. 28, 2018:
    Speaker, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the #MeToo Movement, Youth Action Team Forum (private event), University High School, Irvine, CA
  • Feb. 25, 2018:
    Panelist, Partners in Crime: Gun Violence and Domestic Violence, Moms Demand Action Meeting, The Duck Club, Irvine, CA
  • Feb. 16, 2018:
    Speaker, Domestic Violence Awareness, UCI Town & Gown Winter Scholarship Luncheon, Costa Mesa Country Club, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 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