Howard University



Criminal Justice Clinic
Criminal Procedure
Contemporary Developments in Criminal Justice Enforcement (Seminar)
Also taught: Criminal Law, Externship Seminar


Professor Ross writes in the area of criminal law, evidence and civil rights. Her law review articles have appeared in journals such as Northwestern’s Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

One year after Hurricane Katrina, Prof. Ross organized a trip to New Orleans during spring break 2007 where students engaged in legal work, including criminal defense work at the public defenders office and housing advocacy through the Pro Bono Project. She was joined in this endeavor by a small group of dedicated students and by Professor Atiba Ellis. The Office of the Dean of the Chapel of Howard agreed to fund the trip, and over fifty students attended and worked.

The following year, she spearheaded a return. Each time, faculty and staff joined students in New Orleans to make the work as beneficial as possible to those in need of our help. One of the trips is described in Still In Limbo: The Continuing Failed Response To Katrina, 51 HOWARD LAW JOURNAL 565 (2008).

Professor Ross has presented paper topics on criminal law and criminal procedure at the Feminist Theory Conference at the University of Baltimore School of Law, at the Law and Society Conference in Denver and at The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities at Georgetown Law School, among other venues.

Prior to beginning her academic career, Prof. Ross was a trial lawyer and supervising attorney with the public defender’s office in Worcester County, Massachusetts, where she handled serious felony cases. Prof. Ross helped form a New England based Innocence project. She was on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts for over a decade. She was a regular trainer at CLE trainings in Massachusetts and she spoke at law school conferences on a variety of legal topics. Professor Ross began her academic career at Boston College Law School in Massachusetts where she taught for a decade. She has also taught at Michigan State University as a visiting Professor of Law.


Professional Contributions

updated: November 27, 2012