Douglas A. Pettis is Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at The Community College of Rhode Island. He began his teaching career in 1980 at the then Fisher Junior College and at CCRI, then called Rhode Island Junior College. He was appointed to the full time Faculty in 1984. Since that time he has instructed students in the law spanning the full curriculum of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies with an emphasis on the Law of Crime and Criminal Justice.
He is a graduate of Brown University (A. B. 1975) and Suffolk University Law School (J. D. 1978). He has studied comparative criminal law at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University under the auspices of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School in 1998-1999 and 2008 under the tutelage of Sir David Yardley , Q. C., O. B. E.Professor Pettis was admitted to the Rhode Island State Bar in 1978, (being one of the last Rhode Island practitioners to serve an office clerkship), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Bar in 1979 as well as the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts sitting in both states and the Supreme Court of the United States. He represents clients in both Civil and Criminal Litigation including multi district civil litigation and defense of criminal racketeering in state and Federal courts at the trial and appellate level to advance the cause of Justice. In his law career he has assisted such notable lawyers as Michael F. Natola, and Randolph Gioia of Boston Massachusetts, and the late William Kunstler of New York City