David A. Singleton

David A. Singleton

David A. Singleton
Associate Professor of Law
Director of Constitutional Litigation Clinic

Assistant Professor of Law
Director of Constitutional Litigation Clinic


David A. Singleton is an attorney and Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC). The OJPC is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati whose purpose is to reform Ohio's justice system.

Mr. Singleton received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Singleton received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

After moving to Cincinnati in 2001, Mr. Singleton practiced at Thompson Hine before joining OJPC as its Executive Director in July 2002. He joined the faculty here as a Visiting Professor during the 2007-2008 academic year. He teaches a seminar on Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice and the Constitutional Law Clinical Externship.

OJPC 2008 Annual Report




  • AB Economics and Public Policy Studies,
    Duke University
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Courses Taught

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
  • Voir Dire Strategies


What is Punishment? The Case for Considering Public Opinion Under Mendoza-Martinez, 45 Seton Hall L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015) SSRN

“Representing Sex Offenders,” chapter in Monroe Freedman and Abbe Smith, How Can You Represent Those People?, Palgrave MacMillan (2013).  

Kids, Cops and Sex Offenders: Pushing the Limits of the Interest Convergence Thesis, 57 How. L. J. 353 (2013) SSRN

Interest Convergence and the Education of African-American Boys in Cincinnati: Motivating Suburban Whites to Embrace Interdistrict Education Reform, 34 N. Ky L. Rev. 663 (2007) Hein Online 

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Co-Leader, How To Incorporate Social Justice Teaching Into Clinical Legal Education, 2014 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, IL (April 2014)

Residence Restrictions, Monitoring, and Supervision Issues, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Orleans, LA (March 2014)

Reverse Debate on the Death Penalty (with Joseph Deters), Beyond Civility Series, Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati, OH (February 2014)

Incorporating Interest Convergence Theory into Advocacy, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (February 2014)

Gideon's Army: the Film, Arkansas Bar Association Criminal Law Section, University of Arkansas and the National Park Central High Historic District, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (December 2013)

How to Conduct Theory-Driven Voir Dire, Lawyers Club of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (October 2013)

Interviewed by Cincinnati Enquirer, “Did You Say You Wished African-Americans ‘Weren’t There?’”, (August 24, 2013)

75th anniversary of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 27, 2013)

Merlin G. Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Annual Luncheon (May 2013)

Law Day Speaker for Dayton Bar Association (May 2013)

Cincinnati Magazine’s “Big Ideas” (November 2012)