April Dawson

North Carolina Central University School of Law

April Dawson is an Associate Dean and Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in computer science and was a programmer before attending law school. She received her law degree cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1994. After law school, April joined the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice through its Attorney General’s Honors Program. While at the DOJ, she argued cases before the US Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. In 1996, April served as a law clerk to US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. Following her clerkship, she worked as an associate at a Washington, DC firm. April relocated to North Carolina in 1999 to start a private firm. In 2006, she joined NCCU Law. She teaches, among other classes, Constitutional Law, a Supreme Court Seminar, and legal technology courses and has been voted Professor of the Year multiple times. April researches, writes, and speaks about legal pedagogy and the use of technology in legal education. April has given the following presentations: Teaching with Technology for Maximum Student Engagement; Tech Productivity Tips for Law Faculty; and The Paperless Law Prof. April was a presenter at the ABA TECHSHOW 2020 — Skills Building: Best Practices for Teaching Tech to Law Students, and Tech Forward: New Jobs for New Lawyers. April also co-hosts the Legal Eagle Review radio show, which airs every Sunday evening on WNCU 90.7 FM.

My Sessions

The Untapped Opportunity: Rethinking Access to Justice to Grow Your Business

Grand GI

Our profession has traditionally served low-income clients with pro bono services or through the creation of non-profit organizations. This session will challenge your thinking and flip the script, enabling youo to see new ways to serve this core group of clients. We will look at scalable solutions and services to meet their needs and help […]


Planning for a Successful Career: Tech to Improve Your Thinking and Creativity

Grand B

Ask any successful business owner for a secret to their success and they’ll all tell you a variation of this: “I made time to think and plan and then I organized my days and acts to further that plan.” You can’t grow your business and/or career without setting aside time to think, creating short-term and […]