Beverly Balos '77
Emeritus Clinical Professor Beverly Balos '77 is recognized for her work in the areas of violence against women, domestic violence and feminist jurisprudence. She teaches the civil practice clinic, domestic abuse prosecution clinic, and the law and violence against women course and clinic. Professor Balos was the inaugural holder of the Vaughan G. Papke Clinical Professorship in Law Chair from 1997-99.
Professor Balos received a B.A. degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. After graduating from law school, she received a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship to practice law at Legal Assistance of Ramsey County. From 1979 to 1982, Professor Balos was the Director of Advocacy for Family and Children Services of Minneapolis. In addition to administering a program of advocacy services, she was co-counsel in a class action that successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Minnesota Civil Commitment Statute.
Professor Balos was a partner in the law firm of Balos & Miyamoto before joining the clinical faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and a visiting professor at Cornell Law School. Professor Balos is a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and a member of the Minnesota Department of Corrections Mental Health Unit Review Board.