Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Howard University
B.S., Bennett College
April G. Dawson was born and raised in Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bennett College in 1988 and earned her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1994. While at Howard, she was Technical Editor for the Howard Law Journal and a member of the National Moot Court Team.
Upon graduating from law school, Professor Dawson joined the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Division, through its Attorney General’s Honors Program. As a Department attorney, she represented the United States before federal trial and appellate courts. While at the DOJ, she argued cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Seventh and Fifth Circuits.
In 1996, Professor Dawson served as law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Following her clerkship, she joined the then-law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding (now Wiley Rein, LLP) in Washington, D.C. as a litigation associate representing individuals and business entities in proceedings before federal and state courts, and the Federal Communications Commission. While at Wiley, she was also an Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at the George Washington University School of Law.
In 2000, Professor Dawson moved to North Carolina and formed a private litigation practice focusing on Employment Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation.
Before becoming an Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law, she served as an Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at NCCU School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year.