Ian Courts Headshot
Counsel, Justice System Reform

Ian has dedicated his legal career to criminal justice reform, and appellate litigation. Ian joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in 2024 as Justice System Reform Counsel, where he serves the community in a range of justice-oriented litigation and advocacy projects.

Previously, Ian served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s Law Division-Appeals Unit, where he handled a large volume of Commonwealth responses and oral arguments to criminal appeals before Pennsylvania’s Superior and Supreme Courts.  He is also an American Constitution Society Next Generation Leader. 

In May 2020, Ian received his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Ian interned for a number of state and federal judges, including U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Webster of the United States Middle District of North Carolina, Judge Wanda G. Bryant of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Associate Justice Anita Earls of the North Carolina Supreme Court. In 2017, Ian received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ian has published three law journal articles: “Justice in Black: Judge William H. Hastie’s and Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Fight for an Equalitarian Legal Order” and “Crimes Against Humanity, Apartheid: Its History and the Global Response” in the North Carolina Central Law Journal volume 43, Issue 1 (2020) and volume 44, Issue 2 (2022), respectively, and “The Ratification of the Rome Statute: The Next Step in Establishing an American Equalitarian Legal Order” in the Journal of International Criminal Law, volume 4, Issue 2 (2023).