Adam Davidson

Adam A. Davidson

Assistant Professor of Law

Adam Davidson is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He researches and teaches primarily in the areas of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and the intersection of race and law. His current projects focus on how tools within these and other areas of the law can further debates about reforming or abolishing police, prisons, and the prison industrial complex.

Adam holds a BA in theatre from the Ohio State University and a JD from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty, Adam taught at the Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law, and served as a law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Diane P. Wood on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Judge James S. Gwin on the Northern District of Ohio.

Education

The University of Chicago Law School

JD, with Honors, June 2017

Activities:

  • The University of Chicago Law Review, Articles Editor and Diversity Committee Chair
  • Research Assistant – Professor Justin Driver
  • Black Law Students Association (Academic Chair); The American Constitution Society (VP of External Affairs); Entertainment and Sports Law Society (Member); Law School Musical (Performer)

Honors and Awards:

  • David M. Rubenstein Scholarship (Full Tuition and Stipend), 2014–2017
  • Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award, for exceptional contribution to the life of the Law School
  • Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program

The Ohio State University

BA, Theatre, summa cum laude, June 2011

Minors in Business and African American Studies

Student Organizations, Honors and Awards: Morrill Scholars Program Distinction Scholarship (All Expenses and Stipend), 2007–2011; Dean’s List, 2007–2011; Outstanding Contribution to the Ohio State University Department of Theatre, 2008–2010; Black Student Theatre Network (Performer and Webmaster)

Experience

The University of Chicago Law School

Assistant Professor, July 2022–Present
Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law, August 2020–June 2022
Clinical Student, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, September 2016–June 2017
Practicum Student, Civil Rights Practicum, September 2016–June 2017

The Honorable Guido Calabresi

United States Court of Appeals for Second Circuit, New Haven, CT
Law Clerk, August 2019–August 2020

The Honorable Diane P. Wood

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, IL
Law Clerk, August 2018–August 2019

The Honorable James S. Gwin

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland, OH
Law Clerk, August 2017–August 2018

Williams & Connolly, LLP

Summer Associate, Summer 2016

United States Attorney’s Office – EDNY

Summer Intern, Summer 2015

Davis Polk & Wardwell

SEO Intern/Summer Corporate Legal Assistant, Summer 2014

Cincinnati Public Schools

Tutor/Substitute Teacher, March 2013–May 2014

Journal Articles

  • "Procedural Losses and the Pyrrhic Victory of Abolishing Qualified Immunity," 99 Washington University Law Review __ (2022) (forthcoming). ssrn
  • "Managing the Police Emergency," 100 North Carolina Law Review 1209 (2022). www
  • "Guido Calabresi's "Other Justice Reasons"," 88 University of Chicago Law Review 1625 (2021). www
  • "Learning from History in Changing Times: Taking Account of Evolving Marijuana Laws in Federal Sentencing," 83 University of Chicago Law Review 2105 (2016). cu

Other Publications

  • "Personalized Law, Political Power, and the Dangerous Few," University of Chicago Law Review Online, March 9, 2022. www
  • "A Truly Independent Judiciary?," Balkinization, February 13, 2022. www
  • The University of Chicago Law School, Symposium on Personalized Law: Different Rules for Different People, “Personalized Law, Political Power, and the Dangerous Few” (November 2021)
  • The University of Chicago Law School, Black Law Student’s Association and Admissions Office, “Bridge Across the Midway” (May 2021)
  • The University of Chicago Law School, Admitted Students Weekend (April 2021)
  • University of Michigan Law School, Junior Scholars Conference, “Managing the Police Emergency” (April 2021)
  • New York University Law School, American Constitution Society, “Abolition and the Families Harmed by Crime and Criminal Justice” (March 2021)
  • The University of Chicago Law School, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Ten-Year Reunion, “Recent Criminal Justice Cases in the Supreme Court” (Spring 2018)
  • The University of Chicago Law School, Black Law Student’s Association, “Succeeding as a Black Law Student” (Fall 2018)

Professional Membership & Affiliations

Admitted: New York State; United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Service

Referee: The University of Chicago Law Review