Lecturer on Law
Rev. Dr. Sharon Styles -Anderson, Esq. has worked in collaboration with faith-based organizations for much of her professional career, working on behalf of those who are disenfranchised.
Dr. Anderson began her legal career as a Public Defender at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, serving those who were in need of adequate and competent representation. Dr. Anderson also worked as a private practitioner practicing before the District of Columbia Superior and Federal Courts. She has tried hundreds of the most serious felony cases.
Among her most notable professional accomplishments is her work at the Office of the Corporation Counsel (now District Attorney’s Office) as the Senior Deputy for Public Protection and Enforcement. Dr. Anderson has worked in collaboration with the Child and Family Service Agency, Family Treatment Court, and the Mayors Juvenile Justice Taskforce in addition to other non-profit and community organizations.
Her achievements have landed her among Who’s Who in Professional and Executive Women and awarded her the Mayor’s Trail Blazer Award for outstanding service to the District of Columbia in coordinating city services, when she served under Mayor Anthony Williams as Senior Deputy Corporation Counsel totally re-organizing the way the District of Columbia District Attorney’s office approached affirmative litigation.
Dr. Anderson has also served as Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and Associate Professor of Law at Howard University, Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and is currently a Lecturer of Law at Harvard University in the Trial Advocacy Department. Dr. Anderson has taught Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Trial Advocacy at the law school level.
Dr. Anderson is currently serving as the General Counsel and Community Development Coordinator at the Temple of Praise under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Glen A. Staples, Senior Pastor and Presiding Prelate. She has worked as the Executive Director of Way of the Word, CDC overseeing the operations of the New Day I and III Transitional Houses for Homeless Women and Children, and Veterans, and The Renaissance Place-Affordable Housing Projects.
Dr. Anderson is the Founder of DMV Empowerment Zone, a non-profit organization with a mission to help people follow their passions, find their purpose, and impact the world.
She is the host of the new television segment: Behind the Podium Conversations about Law and Faith featured on In the Cool of the Day on Fairfax Public Access Channel 10, and aired on Prince George’s County and District of Columbia Cable Stations.
Dr. Anderson is an ordained minister. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law School, a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. She also received a Doctorate in Ecclesiastical Law from University of Phoenix School of Theology where she served as interim Provost.
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