CSLR Directors Receive Prestigious Awards

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John Witte, Jr. (left) and Frank Alexander

By Tasha Schroeder

Emory law professors John Witte, Jr. and Frank Alexander have been awarded the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for their two-volume work, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature (Columbia University Press, 2005).

Witte’s monograph, Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation (Cambridge University Press, 2002), also received a Choice award.

Choice is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of American Library Association. It reviews 7,000 scholarly titles annually and names only 10 percent to its prestigious list. The awards were announced earlier this year.

Witte is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR). Alexander is the CSLR’s founding director.

In March, Witte received the Emory University Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Professional School Education.  The Crystal Apple Awards, started in 1999, are given to recognize professors who make a difference in the lives of their students. Seven awards were presented from among approximately 150 nominations made by students. Committees of professional, graduate and undergraduate students and past Crystal Apple Award recipients selected the winners.

Alexander received the Crystal Apple Award in 2001 and 2005.


The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is home to world-class scholars and forums on the religious foundations of law, politics and society. It offers first-rank expertise on how the teachings and practices of Christianity, Judaism and Islam have shaped and can continue to transform the fundamental ideas and institutions of our public and private lives. The scholarship of CSLR faculty provides the latest perspectives, while its conferences and public forums foster reasoned and robust public debate.

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