Mawuli Mel Davis is a founding partner of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm where he leads the firm’s Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Sections. Attorney Davis attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he played varsity basketball and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Attorney Davis served in the United States Navy as an officer for nearly ten years. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University while on active duty in Rota, Spain. Attorney Davis is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, where he was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and awarded the Eleanor Norton Holmes/Thurgood Marshall Award for his outstanding contribution as a law student. He is also the recipient of the Georgia State University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Torch of Peace. Attorney Davis served on the Executive Board for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and as President of GSU BLSA.
Attorney Davis was selected by and featured in the Fulton County Daily Reporter as one of just 15 lawyers in Georgia that are “On the Rise.” He has also been featured in Rolling Out newspaper as an attorney who is an advocate in and out of the courtroom. He was acknowledged in the Atlanta Magazine as both a Rising Super Lawyer and later as a Super Lawyer, distinctions given to less than 3% of the lawyers practicing in Georgia. Attorney Davis was named the Civil Rights Attorney of the Year by the Gate City Bar Association, the Advocate of the year by the ACLU of Georgia, Civil Rights Legal Champion by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, and was inaugural recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ Luminary Award.
Attorney Davis has been involved in the representation of public figures, entertainers, athletes, including being a member of the appeals team for former Mayor of Atlanta, Bill Campbell.
Attorney Davis and firm co-founder, Robert Bozeman were featured as successful entrepreneurs in Black Enterprise magazine. The Davis Bozeman Law Firm was highlighted on the cover of the Atlanta Daily World as the “Legal Guardian’s of Atlanta’s Black Community”. Their courtroom victories range from winning a civil verdict against an NFL player to obtaining not guilty verdicts in murder trials. Attorney Davis has been featured as a legal commentator on truTV, Fox 5 News, Legally Speaking, V-103 and WAOK. Attorney Davis has had cases covered by a wide array of media outlets across the country including: the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA Today, New York Times, NPR Radio, CNN, TMZ, Time Magazine and Worldstarhiphop. Attorney Davis’ diverse television appearances range from serving as a guest commentator on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN to representing recording artist Lil’ Scrappy on VH-1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
Attorney Davis’ organizing efforts have ranged from working with gang members in Chicago to participating in the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in South Africa. Attorney Davis developed and presents a multimedia presentation to teens entitled, “The Consequences of Thug Life”. Attorney Davis along with his wife, educator and activist, Jana Johnson-Davis, also developed “If You Can See, it You Can Be It”, an engaging teaching module for attorneys to introduce the legal profession to middle school students. As a result of his many community endeavors, Attorney Davis is considered an “Activist Attorney” and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP, Kappa Alpha Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma and most recently by the Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Additionally, he has represented and helped organize legal support for activists engaged in protests including the Occupy Movement, Moral Monday, and Black Lives Matter. As a result of his pro bono representation in social justice movements he has been affectionately dubbed the “Liberation Lawyer”.
As an activist, Attorney Davis is a co-founder of Let Us Make Man. After the acquittal of George Zimmerman, he was one of the primary organizers for the march of over 5,000 protestors from the Atlanta University Center to CNN Headquarters. A photograph of this historic “Respect Black Life” march was featured in Ebony magazine. Recently, Attorneys Davis and Bozeman were featured in the 2016 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta as “Game Changers”.
Attorney Davis was awarded Father of the Year in by Jack & Jill Inc. of Atlanta, Social Innovator Award by Sistas Inspiring Sistas, and Father of Distinction by the Concerned Black Clergy. Attorney Davis is the Immediate Past President of the DeKalb Lawyers Association (DLA) and the “Mawuli Davis Legal Warrior Award” was named in his honor by DLA which is awarded to attorneys who have demonstrated courage and tenacity in their legal representation. Attorney Davis is also the recently, elected President of the newly formed City of Decatur NAACP Branch. He is a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and the DeKalb Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America.
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