The University of Richmond School of Law will be one of three law schools to host the 2019 Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor, Professor James Forman of Yale Law School.

Professor Forman’s research and scholarship focus on the intersection of race and class in schools, prisons, and the police force. His first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Before joining the faculty at Yale, he was a public defender and started a public charter school with a mission of helping dropouts and those who had been previously arrested.

“We’re honored to bring Professor Forman to the University of Richmond School of Law,” said Dean Wendy Perdue. “His insights on race, class, schools and prisons and his passion for justice are informed by a unique combination of careful scholarship and real-world experience. We all have much to learn from Professor Forman.”

The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society that encourages excellence in legal education. As the Distinguished Visitor, Professor Forman will visit Richmond Law September 12-13, 2019. More details to come.