Managing Director


Derrick Alexander Pope is President and founding Director of The Arc of Justice Institute. In this role, he has responsibility for all aspects of the standing initiatives and programs of the Institute beginning with developing and managing the exhibit initiative and accompanying programs.

Before the Arc, Mr. Pope enjoyed a distinguished career in the public, private and academic sectors. He has provided counsel to the legislative and executive branches of government at the federal, state, and county level, having most recently served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. He is a former Assistant Legislative Counsel to the Georgia General Assembly and former Legislative and General Counsel to the Medical Association of Georgia. In 2015 and 2016, Mr. Pope was a member of the White House Data Driven Justice Initiative and the My Brother's Keeper Taskforce. In private practice, he has helped protect the inheritance rights of more than 500 families throughout Georgia. Mr. Pope is a former adjunct professor of law at the Georgia State University College of Law where he taught Probate Practice and Procedure.

Mr. Pope has several published works to his credit. He is the author of By the Content of Our Character: A Declaration of Independence for Colored Folks, Negroes, Black People and African Americans and Thy Will Be Done: An African American Guide to Estate Planning and the Howard Law Journal article, A Constitutional Window to Interpretive Reason: Or in other Words…The Ninth Amendment. In 2012 teaming with his daughter he released a spoken word CD – The Race Track.

An Atlanta native, Mr. Pope is a graduate of Morris Brown College and a 1992 graduate of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, earning top honors in the Loyola Law Clinic. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, (Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession, immediate past Co-Chair; Advisory Committee on Legislation, and Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom Program), the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the United States Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

"We have only begun to scratch the surface of what it means to have a respect for the rule of law. We have a responsibility to live out its true meaning and to renew a commitment to its grand purpose. This is a call we cannot ignore."  

- Derrick Alexander Pope, J.D.