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About Angela J Davis

Angela J. Davis, professor of law at AU's Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She also served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition and is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, the former Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press 2007). She is also the co-editor (with Professor Michael E. Tigar) of Trial Stories (Foundation Press 2007) and the 5th edition of Basic Criminal Procedure (Thomson West 2009) (with Professors Stephen Saltzburg and Daniel Capra). Davis' other scholarly publications include articles in the Michigan, Iowa, Fordham, and Hofstra Law Reviews. Davis won the Pauline Ruyle Moore award for Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor in 2009 and for her Fordham Law Review article, "Prosecution and Race: The Power and Privilege of Discretion” in 2000. Davis was awarded a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship in 2003. Davis won the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions in 2009 and the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002.

Davis is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frederick Douglas Jordan Scholarship Board, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Sentencing Project. She was a reporter for the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission and a member of the ABA Commission for Effective Criminal Sanctions. Davis also served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Vera Institute of Justice Prosecution and Racial Justice Program. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice.

Positions

Present Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
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Honors and Awards

  • Scholar/Teacher of the Year, American University (2015)
  • Clyde Ferguson Award, Association of American Law Schools (2010).
  • American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions, (2009)
  • Pauline Ruyle Moore Scholar, Washington College of Law, Awarded for scholarly contribution in the area of public law (2000, 2009)
  • Black Leadership Forum’s Lamplighter Award in the area of Scholarship ( Nov. 3, 2007)
  • Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor, Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for Excellence in the "Law and Legal Studies" category (2007)
  • New American Community Award, National Council on Crime and Delinquency (2007)
  • Soros Senior Justice Fellow, Awarded by the Soros Foundation to write a book on prosecutorial discretion and power (2003 - 2004)
  • American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment, (2002)
  • Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, Harvard Law School (1993 - 1994)

Courses

  • LAW-508-003 Criminal Procedure I (Fall)
  • LAW-507-005 Criminal Law (Spring)

Education

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1981 J.D., Harvard Law School
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1978 B.A., Howard University
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Contact Information

American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Room Y358
Washington, D.C. 20016
Phone: 202-274-4230

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