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Darren Hutchinson

Professor of Law and John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice

Areas of Expertise

Abortion and Reproductive Rights, Affirmative Action, Bill of Rights, Citizenship, Civil Rights,Constitutional Law, Executive Powers, Federal Courts, Fifteenth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Gay Rights, LGBT Issues, Presidential Powers, Section 1983 Suits, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Orientation, Transgender Rights, Voting Rights


Professor Darren Lenard Hutchinson is the Emory University School of Law inaugural John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice. He joined the faculty on July 1, 2021. At Emory Law, Hutchinson serves as the faculty director of the Emory University Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice. He was also the director of community and inclusion and chief diversity officer for the law school from fall 2022 to summer 2024.

Civil rights and social justice are the central foci of Hutchinson’s research, teaching, administrative work, and community engagement. His pioneering research crosses many academic disciplines, including political science, history, and social psychology. Hutchinson also examines a broad range of legal doctrines and social justice matters, including equality law, criminal justice reform, LGBTQA rights, antiracism, and poverty. Hutchinson’s scholarship has appeared in many prestigious journals, including the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Washington University Law Review.

Before joining Emory Law, Hutchinson served as the Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He also held tenured faculty positions at American University Washington College of Law and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Hutchinson earned a JD from Yale Law School and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Following law school, he was a litigation associate at the New York City office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He also served as law clerk to the late Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Education: JD, Yale Law School, 1993; BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1990