Ebonie Byndon-Fields is a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a law degree specializing in family and juvenile law. Prior to, she has worked for the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Wayne County in the Criminal Division as a Pretrial Service Specialist. She has worked in the past as a Child Protective Services worker in Hamilton County, in Ohio and has also worked as a behavioral specialist for youth, and as a clinical service provider for adults with severe mental health disorders.
While in law school, Byndon-Fields interned with the Washtenaw County Juvenile Court acting in the role of student attorney to children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care. She also received a certificate in child/ family law after completing the Chance at Childhood Law & Social Work Clinical. She also took part in a clinical program which allowed her to teach constitutional, criminal and first amendment law to high school students in schools throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. She currently volunteers her time as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for youth and their families through the Wayne County CASA Program. Her interest areas are very expansive relating to domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, police brutality issues, mass incarceration, and breaking down the connections between race and the criminal justice system.
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- J.D., College of Law, Michigan State University Child & Family Law Certification, Chance at Childhood Program, Michigan State University M.S.W., Children & Family Specialization, University of Cincinnati M.S., Criminal Justice, Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) B.G.S., (Criminal Justice/ African American Studies), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
CRJ 3200 Police in Society
CRJ 5995 Special Topics (Inside Out Prison Exchange Program-Demistifying Mass Incarceration)
CRJ 4740 Constitutional Criminal Procedure
CRJ 3110 Domestic Violence
CRJ 3400 Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice