Law professor Charles R. Lawrence III was born on March 4, 1943 in New York City. He attended The Dalton School in New York City; and, in 1965, graduated with his B.A. degree from Haverford College, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. In 1969, he received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, in New Haven, Connecticut.
From 1969 to 1970, Lawrence served as director and principal of the Highland Park Free School in Boston, Massachusetts. He also worked as an assistant professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and as an attorney and research associate at the Harvard Center for Law and Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1972, Lawrence was hired as a senior attorney at Public Advocates in San Francisco, California where he also served as a professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1974. Subsequently, he served as a visiting professor at several schools, including Harvard Law School from 1979 to 1980, the University of California at Berkeley School of Law from 1981 through 1982, and UCLA School of Law in 1986. He was a tenured professor at Stanford Law School from 1986 to 1993 and at Georgetown University Law Center from 1993 to 2012, and a visiting professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law from 1991 to 1992, and at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa from 2004 to 2005. Professor Lawrence joined the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law in 2008, where he served as professor of law emeritus and as Centennial University Professor. During his career, Lawrence specialized in antidiscrimination law, equal protection, and critical race theory. He co-authored We Won't Go Back: Making the Case for Affirmative Action in 1997.
Lawrence has received numerous awards, including the University of San Francisco School of Law's Most Distinguished Professor Award in 1978; the John Bingham Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the Society of American Law Teachers National Teaching Award in 2003. He was also awarded honorary doctorates from Haverford College in 2000 and Georgetown University Law Center in 2017. He also served as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education, the American Law Institute, and several other public interest boards.
Charles R. Lawrence III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 9, 2019.
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Law professor Charles R. Lawrence III (1943- ) has served as Centennial University Professor and professor of law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law since 2008. He has held tenured positions at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.
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