Melvin Otey

Associate Professor of Law


Melvin L. Otey began his legal career in the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section.  Thereafter, he went into private practice for four years before returning to the United States Department of Justice in the Organized Crime & Gang Section. He joined the Faulkner Law faculty in 2014. Among other courses, he teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Federal Crimes.


  • 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

  • Melvin L. Otey, Toward Improving Policing in African American Communities, 29 J. Civ. Rts. & Econ. Dev. 67 (2016).
  • 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).

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).