W. David Ball
Professor W. David Ball works primarily in the field of criminal justice, writing and teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing and corrections. His articles have been published in the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Criminal Law, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, and the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. In 2013, he was voted 1L Professor of the Year.
Prior to becoming a full time member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2009, Ball served as a Social Justice Teaching Fellow at Santa Clara, a Research Fellow at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and a law clerk for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Before law school he was an actor, writer, and filmmaker in New York City. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and got a second BA from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Ball is currently Co-Chair of the Corrections Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and coaching his sons’ little league teams.
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Sentencing & Corrections
- Islamic Law
Bannan Hall 200L
J.D., Stanford University
B.A./M.A., Oxford University
B.A., University of North Carolina