Margo Lindauer Biography

Margo Lindauer

Associate Teaching Professor
School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences

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Areas of Expertise

Domestic violence
Sexual assault
Criminal justice system


Professor Lindauer holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences and serves as director of the Domestic Violence Institute and Domestic Violence Clinic.  She oversees the upper level legal clinic as well as a first-year opportunity for students to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Institute’s Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) project, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston.  Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Lindauer worked at Project Place as the director of Partnerships to Opportunities for Women in Re-Entry (POWR), where she oversaw the implementation of an innovative US Department of Labor grant dedicated to working with female ex-offenders within six months of re-entry. This built upon her extensive background in domestic violence work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, Respond, Inc., and at Georgetown’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Lindauer gained valuable clinical teaching experience at Georgetown, where she earned her LLM and at Suffolk University Law School, where she served as a teaching fellow in the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic.

In 2019, Professor Lindauer was named a Bellow Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans. The Bellow Scholar Program, administered the by the AALS Clinical Section, recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow — a pioneering founder of modern clinical legal education.

Project Description

Professor Lindauer’s project goal is to assess correlations between civil restraining order procurement and outcomes in criminal prosecutions for domestic violence and sexual assault and then make recommendations for policy changes based on the empirical findings to reduce inequality in outcomes and to improve access to justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Publications – Past Five Years

Lindauer, M. (2016). ‘Please stop telling her to leave’. Where is the money: Reclaiming economic power to address domestic violence.39, 1263-1280, Seattle University Law Review.