David Harris

John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

David Harris is the John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law teaches at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  His research and scholarship centers on search and seizure practices, race and policing, police conduct and accountability, and police/community relations.  Professor Harris has worked on racial profiling issues for more than twenty years; his early work on the subject became the basis for the federal Traffic Stops Statistics Act of 1997, and for many federal and state legislative actions in the years since.  His 2002 book on the subject, Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work, remains the standard work in the field.  His works on police, public safety and the law also includes the books Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing, (2005), and Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science (2012), and many journal articles.  He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence.

Professor Harris works regularly with police departments, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and bar associations around the country, providing training, legal and research-based analysis and information, and practical suggestions, all aimed at promoting better relations between law enforcement and communities, understanding and improvement of the law, and increasing public safety.  He has presented his work on implicit bias, the subject of his November 2015 talk at the White House, to law enforcement agencies and other organizations.  He also works frequently with the domestic and international media, and he is the host and creator of the “Criminal Injustice” podcast, which covers a host of criminal justice issues for an educated lay audience.

Professor Harris is a winner of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, in recognition of his national and local work bringing together law enforcement and the communities they serve in order build mutual trust, justice, and public safety.