Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Human Rights Clinic
J.D. 2003, Columbia Law School
B.A. 1997, University of Michigan
Caroline Bettinger-López is an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. She is currently on a leave of absence serving as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.
In fall 2014 she was a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor and Acting Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching concern international human rights law and advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education.
She focuses on implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level, principally in the United States and Latin America. Professor Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights system, the United Nations, and federal and state courts and legislative bodies.
She is lead counsel on Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 2011), the first international human rights case brought by a domestic violence victim against the U.S.
Her work has appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and online and traditional media, including Harvard Human Rights Law Journal, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, American Journal of International Law, Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, New York Times, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and Jotwell.
Prior to joining Miami Law, Professor Bettinger-López was the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and Lecturer-in-Law and Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. There, she helped to coordinate the Human Rights in the U.S. Project and Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network, a network of over 450 lawyers who are actively involved in domestic human rights strategies in the U.S. Before that, Professor Bettinger-López worked as a Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project, where she focused on employment and housing rights of domestic violence survivors; and as a law clerk for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York. Professor Bettinger-López is a graduate of Columbia Law School and University of Michigan, where she studied cultural anthropology.