Melvin L. Otey received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law in 2000. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 1997, earning his BSBA in Finance, magna cum laude. In addition, Otey holds a Masters of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in Ministry and Bible, summa cum laude, from Amridge University.
Otey began his legal career with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section as a Trial Attorney in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Thereafter, he went into private practice for four years before returning to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Organized Crime & Gang Section. During his most recent tenure, he was a Trial Attorney in the Review and Policy Unit of the Organized Crime and Gang Section, the DOJ unit responsible for reviewing all RICO and VICAR prosecutions nationwide. During this time, he personally reviewed complex organized crime and racketeering prosecutions nationwide for DOJ mandated approvals and advised federal prosecutors on all aspects of these prosecutions. He also contributed to the Criminal RICO, Civil RICO, and VICAR manuals for prosecutors and taught RICO and VICAR courses at the National Advocacy Center.
Prior to joining Faulkner Law in 2015, Otey taught at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law. His instruction focused on Lawyering Process I and II, which included legal writing, research, negotiation and oral argument preparation for first-year students. He also teaches business law, fraud examination, and criminal evidence courses to undergraduate students online at Amridge Univeristy.
Scholarly Legal Publications
- Melvin L. Otey, Why RICO’s Extraterritorial Reach Is Properly Coextensive with the Reach of Its Predicates, 14 J. Int’l Bus. & L. 33 (2015).
Other Legal Publications
- 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).
- Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering. Lecture presented during the RICO/Organized Crime Seminar at the DOJ National Advocacy Center (Dec. 2, 2009).
- Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering. Lecture presented during the RICO/Organized Crime Seminar at the DOJ National Advocacy Center (Jan. 26, 2011).
- What Advice Should We Give a Member Who Has Legal Problems? Presented at Polishing the Pulpit Workshops in Sevierville, TN (Aug. 15, 2011).
- Church & Law–Government & Taxes. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Preacher’s Meeting in Wilmington, DE (Feb. 28, 2012).
- Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering. Lecture presented during the RICO/Organized Crime Seminar at the DOJ National Advocacy Center (May 30, 2012).
- Approval Process. Lecture presented during the RICO/Organized Crime Seminar at the DOJ National Advocacy Center (May 30, 2012).
- A Brief Primer on RICO Prosecutions and Approvals. Lecture presented at the United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Alabama (Dec. 11, 2014).
- The JDA and Pre-Majority Conduct. WIP presentation at the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (March 20, 2015).
- Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Use of Force & Police Militarization, Faulkner University Jones School of Law (September 4, 2014).
- Got Mentors? Mentorship and Success in Law Practice, Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Panelist (March 21, 2015).