Nancy S. Erickson (J.D. Brooklyn Law School, LL.M. Yale Law School, M.A. Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) is an attorney who acts as a consultant to attorneys and mental health professionals on issues relating to law and psychology, particularly child custody evaluations, D.V., and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to litigants who need accommodations in court, such as D.V. survivors with PTSD.
For over ten years, she was a professor of law, teaching Family Law, Sex Discrimination Law, Constitutional Law, Women’s Legal History and other subjects at New York Law School, Cornell Law School, Ohio State U. College of Law, New York University, and Seton Hall Law School. For eight years she was a Senior Attorney at Legal Services for NYC representing low income clients – primarily battered women – in divorce and other family cases. She has also been an attorney for the City of New York, a Legal Services attorney with the National Center on Women and Family Law, and an attorney with two law firms. She has been honored for her pro bono work by the Brooklyn Bar Asso. and Network for Women’s Services (now Her Justice) and has lectured to judges, attorneys, psychologists, battered women, and other audiences.
She has written books and articles on many areas of family law, especially domestic violence and custody. She is currently researching and writing on custody evaluations and custody cases involving LGBT parents and abused women. Dr. Mo Hannah, editor of the Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, has stated: “Few can argue as persuasively as Nancy Erickson against the bogus psychological theories (“parental alienation”) and dubious practices (e.g., co-parenting therapy [for relationships in which there has been abuse]) that are used to neutralize domestic abuse allegations made against batterers by their victims. [She is] an expert on domestic violence law, but when the tidal wave of psychological pseudo-science hit the courts a couple of decades ago, she felt she needed more ammunition to defend her clients [and therefore studied] forensic psychology, earning a master’s degree.”Nancy Erickson’s master’s degree thesis was published in the ABA family law journal: Use of the MMPI-2 in Child Custody Evaluations Involving Battered Women: What Does Psychological Research Tell Us? 39 Family Law Quarterly 87 (Spring, 2005). Her most recent article on so-called “parental alienation” is Fighting False Allegations of Parental Alienation Raised as Defenses to Valid Claims of Abuse, 6 FIPVQ 35 (2013).