Michael Dougherty

Faculty Adjunct

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
E-mail: Michael.T.Dougherty@colorado.edu

In 2018, Michael Dougherty became the District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District. In November of 2020, Michael had the honor of being re-elected. The District Attorney's Office is committed to enhancing community safety and improving the justice system.

Michael attended Nassau Community College and, then, went on to graduate from Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.

After law school, Michael served for twelve years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He started in the Trial Division and quickly rose to supervisory positions, including Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Later, he was promoted to the Executive Staff and became responsible for assisting with the management, budget, and personnel of the District Attorney's Office, while continuing to prosecute serious cases. In 2009, Michael was recruited to head up the Colorado DNA Justice Review Project, an effort that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man wrongly convicted of murder. Just months after arriving in Boulder, Michael was promoted to serve as the head of the Criminal Justice Section for Attorney General John Suthers. In 2013, Michael became the second-in-command for the District Attorney's Office for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

Michael recently served as the President of the Colorado District Attorney's Council and now serves as the co-Chair of Colorado's Sentencing Reform Task Force. He is, also, on the School Safety Resource Center Advisory Board. Michael received the Innocence Project's Award for Advocate for Innocence and Justice. Additionally, Michael has helped establish problem-solving courts and diversion programs.

Michael and his wife, Antonia, have been married for nineteen years, and are the proud parents of thirteen-year-old twins. Michael has twice finished the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run (2013 and 2016), as well as 50-mile races around the state.


Fall 2024 The Prosecutor's Role in the Criminal Justice System LAWS 6315-801
Spring 2024 Jury Selection and History LAWS 7023-801
Fall 2023 The Prosecutor's Role in the Criminal Justice System LAWS 6315-801
Spring 2023 Jury Selection and History LAWS 7023-801
Fall 2022 The Prosecutor's Role in the Criminal Justice System LAWS 6315-801
Spring 2015 Criminal Justice Policy and Practice LAWS 7315-001