Michael Curtis

Michael Curtis, Davis & Elkins College

Michael Curtis
Criminology Program Coordinator; Assistant Professor of Criminology; Director of the Office of Public Safety
Location: Albert Hall 115; Gatehouse
Phone: 304-637-1610
Email:

Education: 

  • J.D. Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • B.A. Criminal Justice, West Liberty State College, West Liberty, W.Va.
  • Additional Study: West Virginia State Polic Academy, Institute, W.Va.

Experience: 

Curtis brings to Davis & Elkins a strong background in law, law enforcement and criminal justice having taught for 10 years and working as a partner in a West Virginia law firm and as a police officer.

Most recently, Curtis served as assistant professor of law enforcement and justice at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Prior to that, he was criminal justice and law enforcement program coordinator and a professor at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Ill. He has also  served as assistant professor of criminal justice at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., and as criminal justice program director and instructor at Kaplan Career Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In addition to teaching, Curtis worked as a lawyer and partner at Grishkevich & Curtis PLLC in Weirton, W.Va., and litigated on the local, county, state and federal levels. He also worked as a police officer with the Weirton Police Department, where he was assigned to the patrol and detective division in addition to serving as the prevention resource officer.

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

  • Keynote Speaker, Leadership Conference, Western Illinois University, November 2015
  • Research Presentation, Midwest Criminal Justice Conference, Chicago, Ill., September 2015
  • Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies, L.E.J.A. Honors Reception, 2015
  • Moderator, Law Week Judicial Panel, Kankakee Community College, 2014
  • Panel Member, Law Week, Kankakee Community College, 2015

Accomplishments: 

Curtis earned his Doctor of Law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he received a Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction Award for Most Outstanding Trial Advocate. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from West Liberty State College in West Liberty, W.Va., attending on a NCAA Division II athletic wrestling scholarship. He also is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy, ranking in the Top 10 of the basic police training class and receiving the Most Outstanding Officer award.

Publications: 

  • Curtis, M. (2015, February). The man in the area. Illinois Cops Magazine.
  • Curtis, M. (2014, October). Pump the brakes on presumption. Illinois Cops Magazine.

Additional Info: 

A veteran of the United States Navy, Curtis served in the Persian Gulf and was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal. He also received the Good Conduct Award and Honor Man award.