Charles Lawrence

Chuck Lawrence

Charles Lawrence joined the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2008. He began his teaching career at the University of San Francisco in 1974, was a tenured professor at Stanford and Georgetown, and has visited several other schools, including Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. Lawrence is best known for his prolific work in antidiscrimination law, equal protection, and critical race theory. His most recent book, We Won’t Go Back: Making the Case for Affirmative Action, was co-authored with Mari Matsuda. Professor Lawrence received the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Most Distinguished Professor Award, the John Bingham Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Society of American Law Teachers national teaching award. In December of 2019, he received an honorary Doctorate from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He earned his BA from Haverford College and JD from Yale Law School.