Lawrence Alexander, Emory University School of Law

January 2022
Emory University (Private college or university)
Atlanta, GA, United States

Identity of Speakers

  • Lawrence Alexander

    Lawrence Alexander is a professor at the University of San Diego School of Law.


Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Faculty publication
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Right wing
  • Incident Responses:
    Faculty responses (e.g., asking student to leave classroom)
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • Did not involve Speech Codes


Lawrence Alexander was invited to contribute to a festschrift on the work of Michael Perry, a noted legal scholar at Emory. Alexander chose to focus his critique on Perry’s work on disparate racial impact and equal protection. After reviewing his contribution, the editorial board of the Emory Law Journal returned his submission with a request for substantial revision. In particular, the board objected to the “hurtful” and “insensitive” language employed by Alexander in his discussion of systemic racism in America, as well as the absence of a strong connection between that discussion and Alexander’s main critique of Perry’s work. Alexander refused to revise, and two other contributors withdrew their work in protest of how Alexander had been treated.