Mr. Dodds, who was brought up in Harlem, returned to public life in 1967 as deputy commissioner in charge of legal matters for the New York City Police Department, and was named to his present position in 1970. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967 and is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, D.C.
He is a member of the boards of the Police Athletic League, Reality House, and Operation Broad Jump; a past trustee of the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, and a member of the special committee on penology of the Bar Association of the City of New York and of a committee on court decorum and allied problems of the first and second departments of the New York State Appellate Court.
Mr. Dodds, who had high academic ranking as a Rufus Choate Scholar, was a member of Palaeopitus, Green Key, and Casque and Gauntlet. He was treasurer of both Chi Phi fraternity and the Inter-fraternity Council, and was active in the Forensic Union, Pre-Law Club, Dartmouth Christian Union, and Green Book.
He was graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the James B. Richardson Fellowship for graduate study. He is a member of the executive committee of the Class of 1958 and of the steering committee of the Black Alumni Caucus, formed last year to relate to the concerns of black students now at Dartmouth. He is married to the former Barbara Arrington and they have two sons and an infant daughter.