David Gray, JD


Jacob A. France Professor of Law

School Affiliation

Carey School of Law


  • Criminal Law


David Gray is the Jacob A. France Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, international criminal law, and jurisprudence. He also teaches an interdisciplinary course in the College Park Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was voted Professor of the Year in 2012. Professor Gray’s scholarship focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional theory, and transitional justice. His books include The Fourth Amendment an Age of Surveillance (Cambridge University Press 2017), the Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law (Cambridge University Press 2017), Get a Running Start: Your Comprehensive Guide to the First Year Curriculum (West 2016), and Stay Ahead of the Pack: Your Comprehensive Guide to the Upper Level Curriculum (West 2018). In 2019, he joined the leading textbook American Criminal Procedure: Cases and Commentary. He has also published dozens of articles and book chapters in leading journals and collections. His work has been cited and followed by state and federal appellate courts. In 2019, he was named University of Maryland, Baltimore, Researcher of the Year in recognition of his scholarly contributions. In addition to his own scholarship, Professor Gray works closely with students to develop and publish their work. Recent work written by or with his students has appeared in JURIST, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Texas Law Review, the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, New England Law Review, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vermont Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and in edited collections. Consistent with Maryland Carey Law’s mission as a public educational institution, Professor Gray frequently provides expert commentary for local and national media outlets on topics relating to criminal law, police procedure, and surveillance. He has also written and contributed to amicus briefs filed in state appellate courts, federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Gray practiced at Williams & Connolly LLP, was a visiting assistant professor at Duke University School of Law, and served as a clerk in the chambers of The Honorable Chester J. Straub, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and The Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Professor Gray is an elected member of the American Law Institute and is admitted to the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and District of Columbia bars.

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This information was last updated July 16, 2024.