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Meg Garvin

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

Meg Garvin, MA, JD, is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School.  Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights.  She has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military.  In 2014, she was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission and during 2013-2014 she served on the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense.  She has served as a Board member of Oregon’s Citizens’ Crime Commission and of the National Organization of Victim Assistance, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Red Lodge Legal Services Program.   She has also 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, and as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.  Ms. Garvin received the John W. Gillis Leadership Award from National Parents of Murdered Children in August 2015.  Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Garvin practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and clerked for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, her master of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa, and her JD from the University of Minnesota.  In 2017, Ms. Garvin 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.

Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • 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).


  • “Victims in Criminal Procedure” – 5th Edition Law Text book.  Co-author with Doug Beloof, Paul Cassell and Steve Twist.  Forthcoming fall 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).
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Meg Garvin Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute; Clinical Professor of Law, Crime Victim Litigation Clinic

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