Laura L. Dunn, J.D., is an outspoken campus sexual assault survivor as well as both a civil and victim rights lawyer committed to ending sexual violence and ensuring gender equality in the United States.
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Laura L. Dunn, J.D., is a nationally recognized victim rights attorney and social entrepreneur who has been featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, National Law Journal, and many more. Dunn is the Founding Partner of the L.L. Dunn Law Firm, as well as a published legal scholar, adjunct at Maryland Law, liaison to the ALI’s Model Penal Code on Sexual Assault and Student Sexual Misconduct Project, and a previously appointed member to the ABA’s Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (2016-2019) and Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process and Victim Protection (2017).
While a student at Maryland Law, Dunn contributed to Obama-era Title IX guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and served on its 2014 rule-making committee to develop implementing regulations for the Clery Act’s amendments under Section 304 of the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”). For her national advocacy, Dunn has been publicly recognized by then-Vice President Joe Biden and then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor. Upon graduation, she founded the national nonprofit, SurvJustice, which won the 2017 AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award. Dunn has received several awards and recognition, including the 2015 Echoing Green Global Fellowship, the 2016 Benjamin Cardin Public Service Award, the 2017 Special Courage Award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, and a 2018 TED Fellowship, among others.
Dunn is also an accomplished litigator who helped win the first-ever recognition of a federal victim-advocate privilege. She also serves as an expert witness and consultant on high-profile campus cases, including on the Lauren McCluskey and Jerry Sandusky lawsuits. As a Title IX and Clery Act expert, Dunn has trained countless campus community members, advocates, and attorneys through prominent institutions and organizations, such as the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the College Republican National Committee, the Democratic Attorneys General Association, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Harvard Law, Stanford University, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Texas Municipal Police Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, and many more.
Bar and Court Admissions:
- State of Maryland (2014)
- District of Columbia (2016)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2019)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2020)
- Commonwealth of Virginia (2020)
- U.S. Supreme Court (2020)
- U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota (2021)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2022)
- State of New York (pending)