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Holly Maguigan, Beloved Law Prof. Who Pioneered the Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors, Has Died

HeadlineNov 22, 2023

Holly Maguigan, a trailblazing legal advocate for survivors of domestic violence and longtime NYU Law professor, has passed away. Maguigan is credited with transforming the way the criminal justice system treats survivors of intimate partner violence who had to use self-defense to save their own lives. She served on the boards of directors for the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women and MADRE, among others. In 2014, she won the Society of American Law Teachers’ Great Teacher Award. Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, was one of her many students and paid tribute to her as “a beloved teacher and brilliant lawyer who relentlessly fought for justice.”

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