Professor Angela J. Davis to Discuss Prosecutors, Democracy and Race at University of Arizona Law Lecture

March 27, 2018

The 10th annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law & Justice Lecture takes place April 18

American University Washington College of Law professor and author Angela J. Davis will deliver the 10th annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture, hosted by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Davis will discuss racial disparities in the criminal justice system, how prosecutors have contributed to those disparities, and the complexities and difficulties of the electoral process as a means of holding prosecutors accountable.

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Noon-1:15 p.m.

Where: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Room 164 (Ares Auditorium). Campus map:

Who may attend: The event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend here.

Background: 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. She has been a visiting professor at George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. She has served on the adjunct faculty at George Washington, Georgetown, and Harvard Law Schools.

Davis is the author of “Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor” (Oxford University Press, 2007), the editor of “Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment” (Pantheon, 2017),the co-editor of “Trial Stories” (with Michael E. Tigar) (Foundation Press, 2007), and the co-author of “Criminal Law” (with Katheryn Russell-Brown) (Sage Publications, 2015) and the seventh edition of “Basic Criminal Procedure” (with Stephen Saltzburg and Daniel Capra) (Thomson West, 2017). Her other publications include articles and book chapters on prosecutorial discretion and racism in the criminal justice system.

She received the Washington College of Law’s Pauline Ruyle Moore award for scholarly contribution in the area of public law in 2000 and 2009, the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002, the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2009, and the American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 2015. Davis’ book “Arbitrary Justice” won the Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Award for Excellence in the Law and Legal Studies Division. She was awarded a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship in 2004 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sentencing Project and the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Davis served as the executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition from 1994 to 1995. From 1991 to 1994, she was the director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She also served as the deputy director from 1988 to 1991 and as a staff attorney at there from 1982 to 1988. Davis is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

She is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.

The annual Soll Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Arizona Law alumna Jennifer Woods ('99).

Event Contact: Bernadette Wilkinson, senior program coordinator, UA James E. Rogers College of Law,, 520-626-1629.