Daniel Harawa

Assistant Professor of Practice

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Daniel Harawa is an assistant professor of practice and director of the appellate clinic, which represents clients in civil rights cases before federal courts of appeals. He brings to the clinic years of appellate experience as a civil rights litigator at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and public defender at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He has ligated cases before the Supreme Court, a majority of the federal appellate courts, and state supreme courts.

Harawa’s scholarship builds from his experience and proposes areas for reform in the criminal legal system. His research explores the ways in which existing law can be bolstered to protect defendants’ constitutional rights, with a special focus on ensuring race does not influence the criminal process.

Harawa also provides commentary on pressing criminal justice issues, with his popular writings appearing in the Washington Post, Politico, Slate, The St. Louis American, and The Appeal.

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Five factors that led to Chauvin guilty verdicts

Five factors that led to Chauvin guilty verdicts

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted April 20 for his killing of George Floyd. Collectively, people across the country breathed a sigh of relief because far too often, the story has been police killing people of color with impunity, says an expert on race and the law at Washington University in St. Louis.
D.C. must protect its inmates from the coronavirus

D.C. must protect its inmates from the coronavirus

There is no time to waste. Experts predict that the District is likely the next hotbed of infection. Already, 18 people in the D.C. jail have tested positive for COVID-19. If jails in other jurisdictions are any indication, that number is about to explode.