Judge Davis received his B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law. As a student at the Law School, Judge Davis won Best Advocate in the Myerowitz Moot Court, and he chaired the Honor Board. The Faculty awarded him the prestigious Roger Howell Award at graduation.
Judge Davis has enjoyed a broad-based legal career. He served for a year as a law clerk to United States District Judge Frank A. Kaufman on the United States District Court in Baltimore and for a year as a law clerk to United States Circuit Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the fourth Circuit. He also served as an appellate attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, where he handled both civil and criminal cases. He was also in private practice with a large firm in Baltimore. From 1984-1987, he was an assistant professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member. Since 1994, he has been a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He is a frequent lecturer on aspects of civil and criminal practice for ALI-ABA and other organizations providing continuing legal education seminars. Judge Davis is a past president of the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference and a former member of the board of directors of the Judicial Institute of Maryland. He has served in numerous civic and professional leadership roles, including a two-year term as President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Maryland, where he remains a member of the board the directors, and a two-year term as President of the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. He is a member of the board of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore and he is a co-chair of the Advisory Board of “Community Law in Action,” a law-related, high school leadership development program affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Law. He chairs the board of the Baltimore Urban Debate League, a public high school policy debate program. Judge Davis is also a member of the University of Maryland School of Law School’s Board of Visitors.
He is a member of the board and the co-chair of the International Committee of the Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts. As a participant in international judicial education seminars, Judge Davis has lectured in Canada, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Italy, and Tanzania.
Judge Davis is an active member of numerous bar associations. He is a member of the Section Council of the Section on Correctional Reform of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is the Chair-Elect of the Conference of Federal Trial Judges, one of the constituent entities within the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association.