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Angela J. Davis
Angela J. Davis is a Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law where she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice. Professor Davis has been a Visiting Professor at George Washington University Law School and has served on the adjunct faculty at George Washington, Georgetown, and Harvard Law Schools. Professor Davis' publications include articles on racism in the criminal justice system and prosecutorial discretion in the Michigan, Fordham, and Iowa Law Reviews. She has also published numerous book chapters on various criminal justice issues and is a co-author of the 4th edition of Basic Criminal Procedure (with Professors Stephen Saltzburg and Daniel Capra), the co-editor of Trial Advocacy Stories (with Professor Michael E. Tigar) ( Foundation Press, forthcoming 2007), and the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press, 2007). Prof. Davis received the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002 and the Washington College of Law's Pauline Ruyle Moore award for scholarly contribution in the area of public law in 2000. Professor Davis was a Soros Senior Justice Fellow in 2004.

Professor Davis is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Peter M. Cicchino Social Justice Foundation, and the Sentencing Project.  Professor Davis served as the Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition from 1994 - 1995.  From 1991 - 1994, she was the Director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (“PDS”).  She also served as the Deputy Director from 1988 – 1991 and as a staff attorney at PDS from 1982 – 1988, representing indigent juveniles and adults.  Professor Davis is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

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