The Catholic University of America

Stacy L. Brustin

Stacy Brustin teaches in the General Practice Clinic of Columbus Community Legal Services, one of the law school’s on-campus clinical education programs. She supervises students handling civil cases in D.C. Superior Court and before the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. She specializes in domestic relations, employment, and public benefits matters. She also conducts presentations on access to justice and poverty law.

Professor Brustin has published articles in the areas of family law, professional responsibility, and clinical legal education. She is also the Faculty Director of the Masters in Law (LL.M) Program at CUA. 

Professor Brustin came to the Columbus School of Law in 1991. While at Catholic University, Professor Brustin served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-2009 and has taught The American Litigation Process at the American Law Institute, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Professor Brustin is active in the D.C. Bar where she currently serves as an appointed member of the D.C. Judicial Evaluation Committee. She is an appointed member of the D.C. Child Support Commission and the Child Support Rules Committee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Professor Brustin received her B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was awarded a Ferguson Post-Graduate Fellowship from Harvard to study human rights and community legal education in Mexico. Upon her return to the United States, she began working as a staff attorney at Ayuda, Inc., a non-profit legal services agency serving the immigrant and refugee community in Washington D.C. In 1991, she founded the Hermanas Unidas (Sisters United) Community Education Project, a program of Ayuda, Inc., designed to help immigrant survivors of domestic violence advocate for themselves and their families. 



Research and Writing

Selected Publications  


Bridging the Justice Gap in Family Law – Repurposing Federal IV-D Funding to Expand Community-Based Legal and Social Services for Parents, Hastings Law Journal, (forthcoming 2016) (co-authored with Lisa V. Martin)

Bias in the Legal Profession, Learning from Practice: A Text for Legal Experiential Education (ed. Leah Wortham, Alexander Scherr, Nancy Maurer, Susan Brooks) (3rd ed.) (2016) (co-authored with Carmia Caesar)

Paved with Good Intentions: Federal Proposals to Integrate Child Support and Parenting Time, 48 Indiana Law Review 803 (2015) (co-authored with Lisa V. Martin)

Making Turner a Reality -- Improving Access to Justice Through Court-Annexed Resource Centers and Same Day Representation, 20 Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 17 (2014-2015)

"Child Support – Shifting the Financial Burden in Low-Income Families," 20 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 1, (2012) 

The District of Columbia Practice Manual, Child Support Chapter, (edited revised edition) (2011)
"Bias in the Legal Profession, Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs" (ed. J.P. Ogilvy, Leah Wortham, Lisa G. Lerman) (2nd ed. 2007)
"Cross Cultural Communication, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice," (ed. Margaret B. Drew, Lisa C. Jordan, Donna J. Mathews, and Robin R. Runge) American Bar Association, (2nd ed. 2004)  
"More Than a Witness: The Role of Custodial Parents in the IV-D Child Support Process," 26 Children's Legal Rights Journal 37 (Winter 2006)
"The Intersection Between Welfare Reform and Child Support Enforcement: DC's Weak Link," 52 Catholic University Law Review 621 (2003).
"Legal Services Provision Through Non-Profit Multidisciplinary Practice: Encouraging Holistic Advocacy while Protecting Ethical Interests," 73 University of Colorado Law Review 787 (2002).
"Legal Responses to Teen Dating Violence," 29 Family Law Quarterly 331 (1995). 



Select Presentations 

Panelist, Delicate Balancing Act: The Right Size Order and Medical Support for Low-Income Parents, National Child Support Enforcement Association Policy Forum, February 8, 2013, Washington, D.C.
“Analyzing Access to Justice From the Hallways of the Courthouse” Society of American Law Teachers Conference -- Teaching Social Justice, Expanding Access to Justice: The Role of Legal Education & The Legal Profession, October 6, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland
Moderator, “Strengthening the Link Between Child Support Enforcement and Employment Assistance”, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, June 2012
“Teaching Multicultural Competence in a Clinical Setting”, LL.M Fellows Training Program, D.C. School of Law, April 14, 2011
“Accessing Effective Legal Representation and Accurate Legal Information”, Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group, Catholic Charities, Dec. 9, 2009
“Working with Students: Non-Classroom Learning”, American Bar Association, Associate Deans’ Conference: The Changing Role of the Associate Dean, Denver, Colorado, June 12, 2008
“Ethical Challenges to Implementation of Multidisciplinary Collaboration”, presented at conference entitled Promoting Justice Through Interdisciplinary Teaching and Practice, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, March 15, 2003


In Her Words ...

"Representing a client is an awesome responsibility. Training students to undertake this responsibility and represent their clients with skill, compassion, and integrity is a privilege."

– Stacy L. Brustin


Office: 150 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-6785



  • Columbus Community Legal Services – General Practice Clinic


Harvard Law School, 1989

Tufts University, Political Science,


Areas of Expertise

  • Poverty Law and Policy
  • Domestic Relations with Specialized Focus on Child Support
  • Access to Justice & Professional Responsibility
  • Clinical Legal Education


  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, CUA Columbus School of Law, 2006-2009
  • Complaint Examiner, D.C. Office of Police Complaints, 2003-2011
  • Staff Attorney, Ayuda, 1989-1991; Program Coordinator, Hermanas Unidas Project, 1991-1996, Washington D.C.
  • Law School Accreditation Site Teams, American Bar Association, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Board of Directors, Ayuda 2011 – present