Donald F. Tibbs
Associate Professor of Law
Donald Tibbs’ expertise focuses on the overlapping issues of race, law, civil rights and criminal procedure.
Professor Tibbs came to the law school from Southern University Law Center, where he was an assistant professor of law and director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in the School of Justice Studies and the Department of African American Studies at Arizona State University and in the Department of Criminal Justice at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.
The author of “From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Labor Union,” (Palgrave MacMillan 2012), his publications include “The Jena Six and Black Punishment: Law and Raw Life in the Domain of Non-Existence,” in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, “Peeking Behind the Iron Curtain: How Law ‘Works’ Behind Prison Walls,” in the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal and "Who Killed Oscar Grant?: A Legal Eulogy of the Cultural Logic of Black Hyper-Policing in the Post-Civil Rights Era" in the Southern University Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty.
Professor Tibbs received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was a semi-finalist in the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. He received the Sheila S. Skipper Award for outstanding graduate work while pursuing his Ph.D. in Law and the Social Sciences at Arizona State University.
After receiving his J.D., he practiced with the Law Offices of Pamela A. Hunter & Associates in Charlotte.
Professor Tibbs was chosen by graduating students to receive the Dean Jennifer L. Rosato Excellence in the Classroom Award in 2011.
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
LL.M., University of Wisconsin Law School
Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Georgia State University
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- Criminal Procedure: Investigations
- Critical Race Theory
- Hip-Hop and the Law
- Legal History