Melvin Otey – Faulkner Law

Melvin Otey

Associate Professor of Law

Bio



Melvin L. Otey began his legal career in the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section. Thereafter, he went into private practice and represented targets and witnesses at all stages of the investigative and adjudicative processes in a wide range of criminal matters including, inter alia, white collar crimes, violent crimes, and narcotics offenses. He later returned to the Justice Department in the Organized Crime & Gang Section, taught courses for federal prosecutors at the National Advocacy Center, and advised prosecutors nationally on all aspects of complex organized crime, racketeering, and white collar prosecutions.

Otey joined the Faulkner Law faculty in 2014. Among other courses, he teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Federal Crimes.

Education

  • J.D., Howard University School of Law
  • M.Div., Ministerial Leadership, Amridge University
  • B.S., Ministry/Bible, Amridge University
  • B.S.B.A., Finance, St. Louis University

Academic Legal Publications

Professional Legal Publications

  • Melvin L. Otey, The Supreme Court Clarifies RICO’s Extraterritorial Reach, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Winter 2017, at 11.
  • Melvin L. Otey, Transnational Organized Crime, Norwich Rev. Int’l & Transnat’l Crime, 2015, at 1.
  • Melvin L. Otey, 2D Circuit’s ‘Coextensive’ Approach to RICO’s Extraterritoriality, Civil RICO Report, February 2015, 30 No. 12 Civ. RICO Rep. 1.
  • Melvin L. Otey, A Primer on the Muddle Over RICO’s Extraterritoriality, 11 Bus. Torts & RICO News 1, 4-9 (2015).
  • U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Criminal RICO: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968 (A Manual for Federal Prosecutors) (5th ed. 2009) (contributor)            
  • U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Civil RICO: A Manual for Federal Attorneys (2007) (contributor).

Presentations

  • “The Vexing Case of Venue for Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering.” Paper presented at Penn State Law Review Annual Symposium (April 2021).
  • “Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (WIP).” Paper presented at J. M. Langston Writing Workshop (July 2020).
  • “Preventing #MeToo Moments: Working with the Opposite Sex.” Presentation delivered at Polishing the Pulpit Workshops (August 2019).
  • “Safety, Security, and Guns in Churches.” Lecture delivered at the Faulkner University Church & Law Seminar (March 2018).
  • “3 Things Church Leaders Should Know About Bylaws.” Presentation delivered at Polishing the Pulpit Workshops (August 2018).
  • “The Limits of Religious Liberty in the Workplace.” Lecture delivered at the Faulkner University Church & Law Seminar (March 2016).
  • “Interpreting Gang-Related Court Decisions: A National Review.” Lecture delivered at National Gang Crime Research Center (August 2015).
  • “An Introduction to International and Transnational Gang Problems.” Lecture delivered at National Gang Crime Research Center (August 2015).
  • “The JDA and Pre-Majority Conduct (WIP).” Paper presented at Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (March 2015).
  • “What Christians Should Know/Do About Sex Trafficking?” Presentation delivered at Polishing the Pulpit Workshops (August 2015).
  • “A Brief Primer on RICO Prosecutions and Approvals.” Presentation delivered at United States Attorney’s Office—Middle District of Alabama (December 2014).
  • “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Use of Force & Police Militarization.” Public discussion with former Montgomery Chief of Police at Faulkner University, Jones School of Law (September 2014).
  • “RICO Approval Process.” Lecture delivered at DOJ National Advocacy Center (May 2012).
  • “Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering.” Lecture delivered at DOJ National Advocacy Center (May 2012).
  • “Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering.” Lecture delivered at DOJ National Advocacy Center (January 2011).
  • “Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering.” Lecture delivered at DOJ National Advocacy Center (December 2009).