Laura Dunn

L.L. Dunn Law Firm, PLLC
1629 K Street Northwest, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Laura L. Dunn, J.D., is a nationally-recognized victim-turned-victims’ rights attorney and social entrepreneur who has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Buzzfeed, National Law Journal, and many more. 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 VAWA rulemaking committee to develop implementing regulations for the Clery Act, which she had worked with Congress to amend through Section 304 of the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act ("VAWA"). For this advocacy, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy have publicly recognized Dunn.

Dunn is also a published legal scholar, an adjunct at Maryland Law, and a liaison to the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code on Sexual Assault and its Student Sexual Misconduct Project. She is also an accomplished litigator, who helped win the first-ever recognition of a federal victim-advocate privilege, an expert witness and consultant on various campus-based gender violence lawsuits nationwide, and she served as an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and its Criminal Justice Section's Task Force on College Due Process.

Upon graduation, Dunn founded the survivor-led and DC-based legal organization, SurvJustice. It is still the only national nonprofit representing victims of campus sexual violence in hearings across the country. For her work, Dunn has received a 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, along with other honors and recognitions over the years. Currently, she is the Founding Partner of her own law practice, the L.L. Dunn Law Firm, PLLC.

Dunn has trained countless campus community members, advocates and attorneys on Title IX and the Clery through 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, the National Association of Victim Rights Attorneys, and many more.