About the Founder

Professor ChavisKami Chavis is the R. Hugh and Nolie Haynes Professor of Law and founding Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Reform at William & Mary Law School. She joined the Law School faculty in the fall 2022 from Wake Forest University, where she was Vice Provost, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Program.

Professor Chavis writes in the areas of police and prosecutorial accountability, federal hate crimes legislation and enforcement, and racial profiling. Her research focuses on using Cooperative Federalism principles and stakeholder participation to implement sustainable reforms in the criminal justice system.

Prior to entering academia, she practiced law in Washington, D.C., and was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

She is a frequent commentator for national and international media outlets regarding police accountability and the structural reform of law enforcement agencies.

Professor Chavis is also a member of the American Law Institute.

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