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Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Law

Thomas R. Kline School of Law







Tibbs is a professor criminal law and procedure. He came to the law school from the Southern University Law Center, where he was an assistant professor of law and director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice. He has published scholarly articles in several leading journals on the intersection of race, crime, law and punishment. He is also a legal historian with a special emphasis on the Black Power era, 1965-1980. He is the author of "From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Labor Union," (Palgrave MacMillan 2012).

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