Roger Anthony Fairfax
Published December 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2021

Roger Anthony Fairfax Jr. is dean of American University Washington College of Law. He has written and lectured extensively on topics related to criminal law and policy including criminal justice reform, the grand jury and the ethics of criminal litigation. Fairfax has testified before Congress and consulted with the Senate and House, the White House, state and local governments, and think tanks on criminal justice policy.

Prior, he was a professor of law and founding director of the Criminal Law & Policy Initiative at George Washington University. Fairfax served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and practiced white-collar criminal and regulatory defense in private practice. Fairfax is a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s governing council and has been elected to the membership of the American Law Institute. Fairfax earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review.

Expertise: Criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice policy, criminal justice reform, grand juries, prosecutorial ethics and discretion, indigent criminal defense, white-collar crime

Location: Washington, D.C.


Phone: (202) 274-4007

Twitter: @ProfFairfax

Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition: “Unlike Ferguson, Staten Island Grand Jury Testimony Isn’t Made Public”

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