Brent E. Newton, who has taught at the Law Center since 2010, practices civil, criminal, and immigration law, primarily in Maryland and Texas. He was the deputy director of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., from 2009-2019. Before working with the Commission, he practiced criminal defense for nearly two decades. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law, he represented numerous death row inmates in Texas and Florida. Thereafter, he was an assistant federal public defender in Houston, Texas, where he handled both trials and appeals, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. He previously was an adjunct professor of law and visiting professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center from 2000-09. He is the author of three books and many law review articles and book chapters. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010.