Rebecca Donaldson is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School where she teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Interviewing & Counseling. Her research interests include related topics in access to justice, crime victims’ rights, criminal justice reform, civil and human rights, and international law.
Before teaching at Marquette, Professor Donaldson practiced at Legal Action of Wisconsin on a team that received the Legal Innovators Award from the Wisconsin State Bar in 2018. She clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and, beginning in summer 2023, will clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She previously served as a Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, a Fulbright Research Fellow in the United Arab Emirates, and a Newton Minow Research Fellow in Sierra Leone. Her work has been featured in industry publications and the popular press, as well as the Seattle University Law Review for an article that won Harvard’s Davis Polk Legal Profession Writing Prize.
Professor Donaldson earned her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was elected Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Journal and awarded the Dean’s Scholar Prize for Negotiations and Gender Violence, Law, & Social Justice. She received her B.A. with honors from Northwestern University.