Alexander to Deliver Convocation Keynote August 29

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Frank S. Alexander

By April L. Bogle

Frank S. Alexander, professor of law and founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, will deliver the keynote address at Emory University's annual Opening Convocation August 29, 4:30 p.m., at Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

Alexander will deliver remarks titled "Gifts, Grace and Gratitude" in his role as the Thomas Jefferson Award recipient. He received the award during the 2006 commencement ceremonies in recognition of his significant service to Emory through personal activities, influence and leadership. 

The award's original donor, The Robert Earl McConnell Foundation, requires that the personal and professional qualities of the recipient be as nearly as possible those which Thomas Jefferson would have considered essential to the intellectual, social, and political advancment of society.

One of the nation's leading scholars on homelessness and housing, Alexander is an advocate for affordable housing and urban redevelopment. He works with state and local governments around the country to ensure fair practices on these issues. Alexander is the author of Land Bank Authorities, Georgia Real Estate Finance and Foreclosure Law, and co-editor with John Witte, Jr. of The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature, 2 vols. and The Weightier Matters of the Law: Essays on Law and Religion. He also has published numerous articles in his areas of specialty.

Most recently, Alexander served as interim dean of Emory University School of Law, where he emphasized public service and launched two new public service clinics.  In 1982, he founded the school's internationlly recognized Law and Religion program. The program merged with the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law and Religion in 2005 to become the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. 

Alexander has received more than 20 awards for his teaching and public service. He served as a fellow of the Carter Center of Emory University from 1993-1996, and as a Commissioner of the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless from 1994-1998.  


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