Megan RiesmeyerMay 2024 — Professor Megan Riesmeyer’s article, “The Dark Side of Technological Advances: How Technology has Enabled Domestic Violence and the Contributing Role of the First Amendment,” was recently published in Gonzaga Law Review.

Professor Riesmeyer is the director of Penn State Dickinson Law’s Community Law Clinic. The Community Law Clinic provides legal representation to low-income community members, in a variety of legal matters, including cases of domestic violence. Professor Riesmeyer supervises law students within the clinic program. As part of this work, she has become aware of the increasing involvement of technology in cases of domestic violence. The article examines how current laws do not adequately address the impact of modern technology in the area of domestic violence and how, through a review of the intersection of technology and violence in modern American history, the first amendment has regularly been used as a shield. Professor Riesmeyer identifies various loopholes within our state laws which have not kept pace with technology-enabled violence. The article recommends a multidisciplinary approach to policy making in order to develop effective solutions to combatting violence. The article was published in Volume 59 of the Gonzaga Law Review 2023-24.

Clinical Professor of Law Megan Riesmeyer is the director of Dickinson Law's Community Law Clinic, where she focuses litigation on family, disability, and poverty law. She chairs Dickinson Law's Diversity, Inclusion, and Educational Equity Committee, is a member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on Domestic Relations Matters, and sits on the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Ethics Committee. Professor Riesmeyer serves as a board member for the Community Justice Project (a statewide legal service agency) and as a board member for UPMC Carlisle Hospital.