Area of Expertise
Prosecutorial power and abuse, criminal law and procedure, racism in the criminal justice system, racial profiling, drug laws, prison and sentencing issues
Angela J. Davis, professor of law at the Washington College of Law, is an expert on prosecutorial power, racism in the criminal justice system, race in the criminal justice system, criminal law and procedure, drug laws, and prison and sentencing issues. Davis has served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition and as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. Davis is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, the former chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Davis also is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press, 2007) and numerous articles and book chapters on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. For more information on Davis's research into prosecutorial power, go to www.american.edu/research/success/davis-challenges-070109.cfm.