Elected to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court-Section L in November 2020, Judge Angel Harris previously served as Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (2015-2019), where her advocacy focused on capital defense, juvenile life without the possibility of parole, voter disenfranchisement, school desegregation and policing reform. Prior to joining LDF, Judge Harris served as a Staff Attorney with the ACLU's Capital Punishment Project where she represented death-sentenced prisoners nationwide. Between 2009-2014, Judge Harris was a public defender in Orleans and Calcasieu Parishes. A nationally recognized expert on criminal justice and civil rights issues, Judge Harris' writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Huffington Post and she has provided commentary on "Democracy Now!," "1A" and "The Roland Martin Show." Judge Harris graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and summa cum laude from Hampton University with a B.A. in English. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar.