Beverly Balos ’77

  • Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus
433 Mondale Hall


  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A.
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.


  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Domestic Violence
  • Women's Legal Issues

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.


Law and Violence Against Women: Cases and Materials on Systems of Oppression (Carolina Academic Press, 1994) (Supps. 2000, 2004)

Journal Articles

Domestic Violence Matters: The Case for Appointed Counsel in Protective Order Proceedings, 15 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 557 (2006)
A Man's Home Is His Castle: How the Law Shelters Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment, 23 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 77 (2004)
The Wrong Way to Equality: Privileging Consent in the Trafficking of Women for Sexual Exploitation, 27 Harvard Women's Law Journal 137 (2004)
Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice: Summary of Panel Discussion, 30 William Mitchell Law Review 295 (2003) (panelist)
Teaching Prostitution Seriously, 4 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 709 (2001)
A Matter of Prostitution: Becoming Respectable, 74 New York University Law Review 1220 (1999)
The Bounds of Professionalism: Challenging Our Students; Challenging Ourselves, 4 Clinical Law Review 129 (1997)
Conferring on the MacCrate Report: A Clinical Gaze, 1 Clinical Law Review 349 (1994)
Learning to Teach Gender, Race, Class and Heterosexism: Challenge in the Classroom and Clinic, 3 Hastings Women's Law Journal 161 (1992)
Guilty of the Crime of Trust: Nonstranger Rape, 75 Minnesota Law Review 599 (1991)
Judicial Procedures in Misdemeanor Domestic Assault Cases - A Model Policy, 10 Northern Illinois University Law Review 259 (1990)
Isabel Gomez
Enforcement of the Domestic Abuse Act in Minnesota: A Preliminary Study, 6 Law & Inequality Journal 83 (1988)
Katie Trotzky
Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Treatment of Minors: The Myth of Voluntary Treatment and the Capacity to Consent, 92 Dickinson Law Review 631 (1988)
Ira M. Schwartz

Book Reviews

8 Constitutional Commentary 317 (1991) (reviewing Sexual Orientation and the Law (Editors of the Harvard Law Review, eds., Harvard University Press, 1990))

Editorials, Commentary & Letters

Law School Is Anti-discrimination, Not Anti-military, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Dec. 17, 2005 (op-ed)
Dale Carpenter
Alex Johnson Jr.
A Legislative Antidote for the Myths of Prostitution, 64 Hennepin Lawyer 5 (Jan.-Feb. 1995)
Battering: Some Thoughts on Old Defenses, New Programs and Enforcement Tools, Hennepin Lawyer 6 (Jan-Feb. 1986)

Other Publications

An Analysis of Pediatric, Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Discharges from Reporting Hospital (Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities, 1989)
Some Characteristics of Misdemeanor Domestic Assault Prosecution in Six Minnesota Jurisdictions, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force for Gender Fairness in the Courts (1989)
Civil Commitment of Juveniles: Treatment Plans, Statutory and Constitutional Rights and the Right to Refuse Treatment, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs University of Minnesota (Feb. 1987)

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