For The Record

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

Forman’s research and scholarship focus on the intersection of race and class in schools, prisons, and law enforcement. 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 cofounded a public charter school in Washington, D.C., 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 Richmond Law 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. Forman will visit Richmond Law Sept. 12–13. For more information, visit as the event approaches.