Professorial Lecturer in Law
Mr. Hooks began his legal career working in law school clinics as a poverty law advocate, focused on housing issues and landlord/tenant cases. He continued that work as a loaned associate at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia in 2001. From 1999 through 2002, he also worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP focusing on antitrust and intellectual property litigation.
From 2002 through 2006, Mr. Hooks worked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, focusing on issues of discrimination in housing, federal programs and local planning decisions. There, he served as lead counsel in a variety of class action and impact litigation throughout the United States.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mr. Hooks worked extensively in Louisiana and Mississippi as an advocate and lawyer for families displaced as a result of the storm – and housing policies in its aftermath.
Since 2007, Mr. Hooks has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, handling matters ranging from homicide, assaults and robbery to drug distribution and weapons possession.