Professor Tidwell draws upon her experiences as a police officer and a prosecutor to teach courses in Criminal Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federalism and the Criminal Process, and White Collar Crime. In 2011 she was appointed to Boston’s Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, which reviews allegations of police misconduct.
Previously, she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney with the Organized Crime Strike Force. She prosecuted members of Mafia syndicates and other international criminal enterprises in cases involving illegal gambling, racketeering, loan-sharking, extortion, and other traditional organized crime-related activities.
Before that, Professor Tidwell worked in Washington, DC, where she began her career as a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, after being accepted into the Attorney General’s Honors Program. In this role she traveled across the country, prosecuting and supervising investigations of police perjury, judicial bribery, and other complex white-collar crime investigations of public officials and government employees.
Professor Tidwell began her career in public service as a patrol officer with the Cambridge, MA, Police Department in 1993. As a sergeant, Professor Tidwell worked as a patrol supervisor and as an investigator in the Internal Affairs Unit, and in 2003 she became the first female lieutenant in the department’s history.