October 6, 2010 10:16 Age: 4 yrs

Alexander Named Sam Nunn Chair in Ethics and Professionalism

Emory University School of Law announces the investiture of Professor Frank S. Alexander as the Sam Nunn Chair in Ethics and Professionalism. Alexander will be honored in a formal investiture ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. PLEASE NOTE: the location for this event has changed. It will now be held in Governor's Hall at Miller-Ward Alumni House. Directions to Miller-Ward Alumni House can be found here.

Following the ceremony, Alexander will deliver the Nunn Lecture, “From Treatment to Prevention: Our Professional Obligation to Reform Broken Systems.” A reception will follow. The event is open to the Emory community and the general public. RSVP to rsvpalumni(at)law.emory.edu.

Alexander is the founding director of Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and general counsel for the Center for Community Progress, a new nonprofit organization focused on helping governments develop strategies to return vacant and abandoned lands to use. He is author or editor of eight books and more than 40 articles in real estate finance, community development and law and theology.

He served as a fellow of The Carter Center, commissioner of the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless, interim dean of Emory Law and as a visiting fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He testified before Congress about the mortgage foreclosure crisis in 2008 and 2009.

Alexander received the Student Bar Association Outstanding Professor Award on two occasions, the Ben F. Johnson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Education, the Black Law Students Association Award for Professor of the Year and the Student Bar Association Award as the Professor Who Best Exemplifies the Ideals of the Legal Profession on eight occasions.

The Sam Nunn Chair in Ethics and Professionalism was established in 1999 with a $2.5 million settlement from DuPont Co., which created an endowment for a professorship devoted to professionalism and ethics in the practice of law at each of Georgia’s four accredited law schools.

Emory’s chair is named in honor of Sam A. Nunn Jr. 61L 62L, who served as a U.S. senator from 1972 to 1996. While in office, Nunn was recognized as an expert on national security and foreign policy, and advocated for governments to give up their nuclear weapons.

Nunn was named an Emory Law Distinguished Alumnus in 1985 and, in 1988, received the Emory Medal, the highest University honor given to an Emory alumnus.

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