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Dawn Bennett-Alexander

With over forty awards to her credit, Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, Esq., is a tenured associate professor of Employment Law and Legal Studies at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. An attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and six federal jurisdictions, she is a cum laude graduate of the Howard University School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of the Federal City College, now the University of the District of Columbia. With her coauthor, she was cofounder and cochair, of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and coeditor of the section’s Employment and Labor Law Quarterly; past coeditor of the section’s newsletter; and past president of the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Among other texts, she co-authored, with Linda F. Harrison, McGraw-Hill’s groundbreaking The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business in a Diverse Society, in 2011. Bennett-Alexander taught Emploment Law in the University of North Florida’s MBA program from 1982 to 1987 and has been conducting Employment Law seminars for managers and supervisors since 1985. Prior to teaching, Bennett-Alexander worked in Washington, DC at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the White House Domestic Council, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice Appellate Division, Antioch School of Law, and and as law clerk to the Honorable Julia Cooper Mack as she became the first black female judge to be appointed to a court of last resort in the country, the D.C. Court of Appeals. Bennett-Alexander publishes widely in the Employment Law area; is a noted expert on Employment Law and Diversity and Inclusion issues; was asked to write the first-ever sexual harassment entry for Grolier Encyclopedia; edited the National Employee Rights Institute’s definitive book on federal employment rights; has chapters in several other books including five Employment Law entries in Sage Publications’ first and second editions of the Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society; has been widely quoted on TV and radio, and in the print press, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune magazine; and is founder of Practical Diversity, consultants on Diversity and Inclusion as well as Employment Law issues. Among other accomplishments, Bennett-Alexander was one of only ten winners of the prestigious national award for teaching excellence, the 2015 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman award, presented an invited diversity paper for the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University, Oxford, England in 2014, and was a 2000–2001 recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship under which she taught at the Ghana School of Law in Ghana, West Africa, and conducted research on race and gender in employment. She has also taught in Budapest, Krakow, Austria, Prague, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and Costa Rica. She is the recipient of the 2011 University of Georgia President’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Fulfilling the Dream Award, her University's highest diversity award, for her outstanding work in building bridges to understanding and unity, the 2010 recipient of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business inaugural Diversity Award, and the 2009 recipient of the Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School faculty. She dedicates all her research and writing to her Ancestors, three daughters, and two grandchildren.