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Ebony Davenport

Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

Full-Time Faculty

School of Law


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Professor Ebony Davenport returned to the UDSL faculty in Fall 2020 after practicing at a mid-size, full service civil litigation firm in downtown Dayton, Ohio. In her practice, she handled a myriad of legal matters including landlord/tenant representation, contract disputes, administrative issues such as zoning and bankruptcy negotiation, drafted countless dispositive motions and briefs, and assisted with pro bono representation through the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. 

Professor Davenport is active in the legal community as well, recently serving as co-chair of the Editorial Board for the Dayton Bar Briefs, a monthly publication issued by the Dayton Bar Association, as well as co-chair of the Young Lawyer's Division. She now serves as Member-at-Large on the DBA’s Board of Trustees. She also sits on the Board of Directors for UDSL’s Alumni Association and the Dayton Human Relations Council. Professor Davenport also sits on the steering committee for the Greater Dayton Legal Roundtable, a think-tank consisting of attorneys, judges, law school administrators, and law students designed to identify ways to improve diversity and inclusion in the Dayton legal community. She co-facilitates the Summer Diversity Clerkship Program along with Jamar King of Thompson Hine, which is a pipeline program designed to connect diverse law students in Ohio to legal employers in the Dayton area with the goal of improving recruitment and retention in the local Bar. 

As a recent graduate from UDSL, Professor Davenport draws from her experiences as a student to better relate material to her students. As a former Dean’s Fellow and Comment Editor on UD’s Law Review, Professor Davenport has a proven willingness to assist students in mastering the necessary skills to succeed in law school. She recognizes the importance of building a strong foundation early on in law school, which can help position students for success as they matriculate and enter the profession. 

Professor Davenport teaches Legal Profession I and II and was attracted to teaching at UDSL because of the strong sense of community and focus on the whole student. She enjoyed the warm welcome as a student and later as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2018, and is excited to return so that she can pour back into the UDSL community.

Professor Davenport has an interest in the ways in which the law intersects with public policy, higher education, and issues of equity and inclusion.  


A.A.S., Sinclair Community College
B.A., Wright State University
J.D., University of Dayton School of Law