Meg Garvin

Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute; Clinical Professor of Law, Crime Victim Litigation Clinic

National Crime Victim Law Institute Downtown
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Meg Garvin, MA, JD, Mst, is the Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a Clinical Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Professor Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights and is co-author of Victims in Criminal Procedure. She has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military. In 2017 she was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces, a role she continues to fill. She also serves on the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission, and Oregon Chief Justice’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. Previously she served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee, co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force, as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and on the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense. In 2020 Professor Garvin received the Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award from the ABA Criminal Justice Section and in 2015 she was honored with the John W. Gillis Leadership Award from National Parents of Murdered Children. Prior to joining NCVLI, she practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and clerked for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Garvin received her MA from the University of Iowa, her JD from the University of Minnesota, and her Mst in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. Pronouns: she/her/hers

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • MsT, 2019, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • JD, 1999, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • MA, 1995, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • BA, 1991, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA


Works Published as Part of a Collection:

Crime Victim Agency: Independent Lawyers for Sexual Assault Victims, 13 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 67 (2015) (co-authored with Douglas E. Beloof).


  • “Protecting Crime Victims in STate Constitutions: The Example of the New Marsy’s Law for Florida,” 110 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 99 (Spring 2020) (co-authored with Paul. G. Cassell)
  • Victims in Criminal Procedure” (with Douglas Beloof, Steven J. Twist, and Margaret Garvin, 4th ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2018). Published, 08/2018.
  • Criminal Law, Chapter 34 “Crime Victims’ Rights”, Oregon State Bar Pub., Fall 2013. (co-authored with Gregory Rios).
  • “Victims and the Supreme Court’s Eight Amendment Jurisprudence in Miller v. Alabama: A Tale of a Constitutive Paradox,” 39 New Eng. J. on Crim. & Civ. Confinement 303 (2013).
  • “Harmony or Discord between Victim Agency and the Criminal Justice System: A Comment on DePrince, Belknap, Labus, Buckingham, and Gover,” 18 Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal 889 (August 2012).