Angel S. Harris joined LDF’s staff in 2015 as an Assistant Counsel. At LDF, Angel represents death-sentenced prisoners and prisoners sentenced to mandatory life without parole as juveniles; she is actively participating in the monitoring of the New York City Police Department, through LDF’s federal class action lawsuit, Davis , et al. v. City of New York, challenging the New York City Police Department’s unlawful practice of stopping and arresting New York City public housing residents and their guests for purportedly trespassing in public housing residences; and she is litigating school desegregation cases across the Southeast.
Prior to joining LDF, Angel served as a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project in Durham, NC, where she represented death-sentenced prisoners in states with a history of racial discrimination and/or inadequate adequate resources for indigent people charged with or convicted of capital crimes. Angel also contributed to the ACLU’s “Blog of Rights.”
Between 2009-2013, Angel was a felony trial attorney with the Calcasieu Parish Public Defender’s Office in Lake Charles, LA and the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, LA. In that time, she represented hundreds of men and women charged with crimes ranging from distribution of narcotics to capital murder.
Angel graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was as a student attorney with D.C. Law Students in Court and volunteered with Campaign For Youth Justice. In the spring of 2008, Angel studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she volunteered with the University’s Refugee Clinic. Angel graduated summa cum laude from Hampton University with a B.A. in English. She is a member of the DC Bar and the Louisiana State Bar.