The Gender Justice Project (GJP) was founded in 2017 by Laurie Morin, a Professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) to heighten awareness of legal issues that impact women and the LGBTQ community. GJP brings together faculty, students, activists, and policy makers to encourage dialogue and action on important issues that affect women, especially those who have suffered multiple forms of discrimination. The mission of GJP is to combat gender inequities by influencing public policy development and legislation through education and advocacy.
UDC Law is committed to the public interest, using the law to help those in need and reshape our community. Each year, our faculty and students provide more than 100,000 hours of essential legal services to DC residents. We are focused on extensive practical training, with the largest clinical requirement of any U.S. law school. GJP amplifies the voices and work of students, faculty members, collaborators, and clients who are engaged in ongoing advocacy on behalf of women, especially those who have suffered multiple forms of discrimination.
Founder & Director
Laurie Morin has been a law professor at UDC Law for more than 20 years. She has been a clinician for most of her career, teaching and supervising students who provide pro bono legal services to underserved communities. She also teaches courses on Women & the Law; Gender, Sexuality & the Law; and Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking.
After returning from sabbatical in 2017, Laurie founded the Gender Justice Project to amplify the voices and the work of faculty members, students, collaborators, and activists at UDC Law who were providing high quality legal services to under-represented women in the DC metropolitan area. She believes that it is important for public policy discourse to include the voices of women who have suffered multiple forms of discrimination, who have been largely left out of conversations that affect their lives and well-being.