As an undergraduate, James King played Division I football for Central Michigan University. But on the cusp of what was expected to be a promising career in the NFL, he was accused of second-degree murder. He was not convicted, and he maintains his complete innocence, but he spent some time in jail on a lesser charge. Fueled by the tragic events that changed the course of his life, King’s passion for football gave way to a passion for justice - and he looked to the law, and UDC-DCSL, for redemption.
While in law school he was an Associate Editor on the UDC Law Review, President of the
Student Bar Association, and served as a teacher’s assistant and tutor
to fellow law students. In his clinical work, which is required as part
of the curriculum, King worked with immigrants and traveled to
Mississippi to work with survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil
spill. He graduated this spring, and is now working for The Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia.