Frank S. Alexander
Sam Nunn Professor of Law and
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion
General Counsel, Center for Community Progress
Areas of Expertise
Property, Real Estate Sales and Finance, State and Local Government Law, Law and Theology, Federal Housing Policies and Homelessness
Frank S. Alexander received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and he earned both a law degree and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University.
Professor Alexander is the director of the Project on Affordable Housing and Community Development and founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 40 articles in real estate finance, community development and law and theology, including Land Banks and Land Banking (2011), Georgia Real Estate Finance and Foreclosure Law (8th edition, 2013-2014), and (with John Witte) Christianity and Law: An Introduction (2008), The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature (2006) and The Weightier Matters of the Law: Essays on Law and Religion (1988). Professor Alexander served as a Fellow of The Carter Center of Emory University (1993-1996), Commissioner of the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (1994-1998), Interim Dean of Emory School of Law (2005-2006), and as Visiting Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University (2007). He also has testified before Congress concerning the mortgage foreclosure crisis (2008).
Professor Alexander teaches Property, Real Estate Finance, State and Local Government Law, Law and Theology and Federal Housing Policies. He received the Emory University Thomas Jefferson Award (2006), the Emory University Distinguished Faculty Award (2005), the Student Bar Association Outstanding Professor Award (2004, 2010), the Ben F. Johnson Award for Excellence in Teaching (1998), the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Education (1991), Black Law Student Association Award for Professor of the Year (1999-2000) and the Student Bar Association Award as the Professor Who Best Exemplifies the Ideals of the Legal Profession (on eight occasions).
Education: BA, University of North Carolina, 1973; JD and MTS, Harvard University, 1978.
Frank S. Alexander
In the fields of Real Estate Finance, Affordable Housing, Community Development, and State and Local Government Law:
LAND BANKS AND LAND BANKING, (Center for Community Progress, 2011).
Neighborhood Stabilization Strategies for Vacant and Abandoned Properties, 34 ZONING & PLANNING LAW REPORT (September 2011) (co-authored with Leslie A. Powell).
GEORGIA REAL ESTATE FINANCE & FORECLOSURE LAW 2011-2012 EDITION (Thomson-West, 2011).
Land Use Planning by Design and by Disaster, in LAW AND RECOVERY FROM DISASTER: HURRICANE KATRINA (Robin Malloy ed., Ashgate Publishing 2009).
Neighborhood Stabilization & Land Banking, COMMUNITIES & BANKING, 20:3 (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Summer 2009).
Land Banking As Metropolitan Policy (Brookings Institution, October, 2008).
Louisiana Land Reform in the Storms’ Aftermath, 53 LOYOLA L. REV. 727 (2008); published in preliminary form by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, Working Papers W07-9 (December, 2007).
Don’t Bet the House, 17 PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2007).
The Structure of Law in Public Health Systems and Practice (with Richard A. Goodman, Paula L. Kocher & Daniel O’Brien), Chapter 2 in Richard A. Goodman, et al, LAW IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE, 2d edition (Oxford Univ. Press. 2007).
The Housing of America’s Families: Control, Exclusion and Privilege, 54 EMORY L. J. 1231-1270 (2005).
Life Together: How Housing Laws Define America’s Families (Emory University Distinguished Faculty Lecture, 2005).
LAND BANK AUTHORITIES: A GUIDE FOR THE CREATION AND OPERATION OF LOCAL LAND BANKS (Local Initiatives Support Corporation & Fannie Mae Foundation, 2005); www.lisc.org/content/publications/detail/793.
Land Bank Strategies for Renewing Urban Land, 14 J. AFFORDABLE HOUS. & COMMUNITY DEV. L. 140-169 (2005).
Housing Trust Funds for Metropolitan Atlanta, in MAKING THE CASE FOR MIXED INCOME AND MIXED USE COMMUNITIES (Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc., 2004).
GEORGIA REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND FORECLOSURE LAW, 4TH EDITION (Thomson-West, 2004); Supplements, 2005; March 2006; October, 2006; September, 2007; September, 2008.
Housing Trust Funds for Local Governments in Georgia, Fannie Mae Foundation (March, 2002). www.fanniemaefoundation.org/programs/pdf/fmf_0611_alexander_report.pdf
A City for All: Report of the Gentrification Task Force (with L. Keating, co-author), City Council, City of Atlanta (Monograph, September 17, 2001).
Inherent Tensions Between Home Rule and Regional Planning, 35 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 539-561 (2000).
Renewing Public Assets for Community Development, (Local Initiatives Support Corporation, 2000); www.lisc.org/content/publications/detail/798.
Constitutional Questions About Tax Lien Foreclosures, 16 GOVERNMENT FINANCE REVIEW 27 (June, 2000).
Tax Liens, Tax Sales and Due Process, 75 INDIANA L. J. 747-807 (2000).
Dealing with Delinquent Property Taxes, GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT 27 (May- June, 1998).
University-Community Partnerships: Enriching the Vision of Emory University (Monograph, April, 1998).
Financing Affordable Housing in Georgia: The Possibility of a Dedicated Revenue Source, 13 GA. ST. L. REV. 363-386 (1997).
Property Tax Foreclosure Reform: A Tale of Two Stories, GEORGIA BAR JOURNAL (December, 1995).
Briefing Paper on the Bulk Sale of Tax Liens of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County (The Atlanta Project, Monograph, July 28, 1995).
The Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority, Inc.: Problems and Promises (The Atlanta Project, Monograph, August, 1994).
Federal Intervention in Real Estate Finance: Preemption and Federal Common Law, 71 N.C. L. REV. 293-370 (1993).
GEORGIA REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURE LAW (1990); Supplements, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993.
Mortgage Prepayment: The Trial of Common Sense, 72 CORNELL LAW REV. 288-343 (1987). (Received The Authors Court Award from the State Bar of Georgia as the best article published in 1987 by a law professor in Georgia).
In the fields of Law and Theology, Jurisprudence:
CHRISTIANITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS: AN INTRODUCTION (Cambridge Univ. Press 2010) (co-edited with John Witte, Jr.).
In Praise of a Legal Polymath: Harold J. Berman, Emory’s First Woodruff Professor of Law in WHERE COURAGEOUS INQUIRY LEADS: THE EMERGING LIFE OF EMORY UNIVERSITY (Emory Univ. 2010) (co-authored with John Witte, Jr.).
The Conviction of Things Not Seen: A Tribute to Hal Berman, 57 Emory L. J. 1393 (2008).
CHRISTIANITY AND LAW: AN INTRODUCTION (Cambridge Univ. Press 2008) (with John Witte, Jr.).
Property and Christian Theology, Chapter 10 in CHRISTIANITY AND LAW: AN INTRODUCTION (Cambridge Univ. Press 2008).
THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY ON LAW, POLITICS, & HUMAN NATURE (Columbia Univ. Press 2007) (with John Witte, Jr.).
THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN PROTESTANTISM ON LAW, POLITICS, & HUMAN NATURE (Columbia Univ. Press 2007) (with John Witte, Jr.).
THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN ROMAN CATHOLICISM ON LAW, POLITICS, & HUMAN NATURE (Columbia Univ. Press 2007) (with John Witte, Jr.).
THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY ON LAW, POLITICS AND HUMAN NATURE (Columbia Univ. Press, 2006) (two volumes) (with John Witte, Jr.).
William Stringfellow, in THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY ON LAW, POLITICS AND HUMAN NATURE, VOL. I, Chapt. 14 (Columbia Univ. Press, 2006).
Introduction, THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY ON LAW, POLITICS AND HUMAN NATURE, Vol. I (Columbia Univ. Press, 2006).
Theology and Law, 54 EMORY L. J. 325 (2005).
Review Essay: A Keeper of the Word: Selected Writings of William Stringfellow (Bill Wylie Kellermann, editor); Radical Christian and Exemplary Lawyer (Andrew W. McThenia, editor); Prophet of Justice, Prophet of Life: Essays on William
Stringfellow (Robert Boak Slocum, editor). 16 J. LAW & RELIGION 767-779 (2001).
Speaking Theologically, 42 EMORY L. J. 1081-1097 (1993) (A review of Milner Ball, THE WORD AND THE LAW).
Introduction: Constituting the People, 39 EMORY L. J. 1-8 (1990).
Legal Dimensions of Pastoral Counseling, in DICTIONARY OF PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING 640-642 (Abingdon Press, 1990).
Law and Morals Revisited, in VALUES IN TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, (C. Mitchell, ed., 1989), pp. 83-94.
The Study of Law and Religion: An Apologia and Agenda, 14 MINISTRY & MISSION 4 (Fall, 1988) (with J. Witte).
THE WEIGHTIER MATTERS OF THE LAW: ESSAYS ON LAW AND RELIGION (Scholars Press, 1988) (with John Witte, Jr.) (American Academy of Religion Series No. 51).
Critical Legal Studies and the Question of Faith, 8 CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY 14-15 (1987).
Beyond Positivism: A Theological Perspective, 20 GEORGIA L. REV. 1089-1135 (1986) (revised and republished in THE WEIGHTIER MATTERS OF THE LAW: ESSAYS ON LAW AND RELIGION 251-284).
Three Fallacies of Contemporary Jurisprudence, 9 LOYOLA L.A. L. REV. 1-36 (1985).
Demythologizing Law, 3 J. LAW & RELIGION 167 (1985).
Privileged Communication for Pastoral Counseling - A Response, 39 J. PASTORAL CARE 300 (1985).
Validity and Function of Law: The Reformation Doctrine of Usus Legis, 31 MER. L. REV. 509-529 (1980).
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