Donald Tibbs

Donald F. Tibbs

Visiting Professor of Law


Phone: 305.623.2371


St. Thomas University School of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A. Georgia State University
J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law
LL.M. University of Wisconsin School of Law
Ph.D. Arizona State University


Civil Rights
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Hip Hop & the Law

Donald F. Tibbs

Professor Tibbs comes to us from Drexel University School of Law, where he was a tenured Professor of Law and taught Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Critical Race Theory, among other courses. While at Drexel, he twice earned the Dean Jennifer L. Rosato Excellence in the Classroom Award. His teaching also received rave reviews from STU LAW students when he taught Criminal Procedure in his first semester at STU Law in the Summer of 2019.

Prior to his tenure at Drexel, Professor Tibbs was an Assistant Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice at Southern University Law Center. He has also taught at the undergraduate level at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (Criminal Justice) and Arizona State University (African American Studies).

Professor Tibbs earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, his J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, his Ph.D. from the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University, and his LL.M. from University of Wisconsin Law School.

His publications include a book, HIP HOP AND THE LAW, and numerous law review articles and other scholarship focusing on criminal procedure, race and the law, civil rights law, incarceration, and legal history. He has given a multitude of media appearances (including interviews on CBS News, Fox News, and Bill O’Reilly and the O’Reilly Factor), academic presentations, and keynote addresses on his areas of expertise across the country.

Before joining academia, Professor Tibbs was a Legal Claims Adjuster in the Litigation Division of Allstate Insurance Company and an Associate in the Civil Rights Division of the Law Offices of Pamela A. Hunter & Associates in Charlotte, NC. More recently, he volunteered for years as a high school wrestling coach.

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Race and the Law Seminar