Amber Baylor is the founding director of the Criminal Defense Clinic, which focuses on defense representation in local criminal charges. Her work centers on local criminal regulation and its impacts on communities targeted by intensive policing. Her scholarship continues on this theme, including “Unexceptional Protest,” “Criminalized Students, Reparations, and the Limits of Prospective Reform,” and “Design Justice in Municipal Criminal Regulation.”
Baylor also has written about historic advocacy by women in prison, women and pretrial detention, and the impact of trauma from pretrial detention. Baylor’s scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as the Washington University Law Review, New Mexico Law Review, and Michigan Journal of Gender and Law on topics that include pedagogy for representation of community-based organizations; enforcement and regulation of municipal low-level crimes in communities of color; and use of low-level criminal charges in student discipline.
Before joining the Law School in 2021, Baylor was the founder and director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Texas A&M School of Law. The clinic provides defense in Texas municipal criminal courts and works with clients and advocates as counsel on federal clemency and compassionate release campaigns.
Baylor has been a visiting assistant professor in the Veterans Law Clinic at Widener University Delaware Law School and a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney at Georgetown Law’s Community Justice Project clinic. Baylor is a former fellow of The International Legal Foundation, where she worked with public defenders in Palestine. Prior to teaching, Baylor was a staff attorney with Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and a trial attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
- “Unexceptional Protest,” 70 UCLA L. Rev. 716 (2023)
- “Criminalized Students, Reparations, and the Limits of Prospective Reform,” 99 WASH. U. L. Rev. 1 (2021)
- “Design Justice and Municipal Criminal Law,” 51 N.M. L. REV. 163 (2021)
- “Boynton v. Virginia and the Anxieties of the Modern African-American Consumer,” STETSON L. REV. (2019)
- “Centering Women in Prisoners’ Rights Litigation,” 25 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 109 (2018).
- “Developing a Pedagogy of Beneficiary Accountability in the Representation of Social Justice Non-Profit Organizations,” 45 SW. L. REV. 825 (2016) (with Daria Fisher Page).
- “#SayHerName Captured: Updates on Use of Video in Challenging Law Enforcement Violence Against Women,” ABA, THE STATE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2016, Ch. 10 (2016)
- “Beyond the Visiting Room: A Defense Counsel Challenge to Conditions in Pretrial Confinement,” 14 CARDOZO PUB. L. POL’Y & ETHICS J. 1 (2015)
- “Changing Punishments for Property Offenses, to Change the Lives of Women in Need,” ABA, THE STATE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2015, Ch. 12 (2015)
- “A Free Start: Community-based Organizations as Antidote to the Mass Incarceration of Women Pretrial,” 21 HASTINGS WOMEN’S L.J. 51 (2015)
News and Press
- “Panelists Call for Changes to Dallas’ Police Budget,” Dallas News Observer, July 17, 2020.
- “Odessan Receives Clemency after 12 years in Prison,” Midlands Reporter-Telegram, February 23, 2020.
- “Trump Grants Clemency to McKinney Construction Firm Founder and West Texas Mother of Two,” Dallas Morning News, February 18, 2020.
- “Mistake or Murder? Trial Opens of Ex-Dallas Officer who Killed Neighbor in His Own Home,” NBCnews.com, September 22, 2019.
- “State Law Criminalizing Unsolicited Lewd Photos Takes Effect,” The Battalion, September 8, 2019.
- “West Texas Woman Submits Petition to President Trump for Sentence Reduction,” Midlands Reporter Telegram and CBS7.com, June 4, 2019.
- “Law Professors Discuss What to Expect if Officer’s Shooting Case Goes to Trial,” Midlands Reporter Times, March 7, 2019.
- “Hopeless to Hopeful,” Fort Worth Weekly, January 16, 2019.
- “Why the Dallas Officer who Killed her Neighbor Might Have Trouble with a ‘Deadly Force’ Defense,” The Washington Post, September 13, 2018.
- “Are Face Tattoos a Mark that can Cause a Jury to Prejudge a Defendant in Court Cases?” Corpus Christi Caller-Times, March 8, 2018.
- Quoted in “How Looks can Influence Courtroom Bias,” Vox, October 31, 2018.
- WDEL News Radio (interview on uprising at Vaughn Correctional Facility), February 3, 2017.
- “Dover Man Trying to Free ISIS Captives Faced Ordeal,” The News Journal (Delaware), May 17, 2016.
- WDEL News Radio (interview on police dashboard camera video and Dover police assault trial), December 1, 2015.
- DFW National Lawyers Guild, Mass Defense Committee Co-Chair (2020–present)
- P.E.P. Steering Committee, 2019–present (Texas Criminal Justice Coalition campaign addressing school-to-prison pipeline)
- Black Public Defender Association, Law School Committee (2019–present)
- Delaware SMART Grant on Juvenile Justice, Post-Conviction Working Group (2016–2017)