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Emory law professor David J. Garrow isn’t commenting publicly on an alleged confrontation with a university employee, but it appears he’ll have opportunity enough to tell his side of the story. Garrow was arrested and charged with simple battery Sept. 27 after Gloria Mann, the university’s operations director, accused him of grabbing her wrist, pushing her backward and shouting at her, according to a Sept. 24 warrant. Mann also has asked for a temporary restraining order that would prevent Garrow from coming near her on or off campus. Now Mann’s lawyer says he’ll likely file a civil action against Garrow. And in addition to all this activity in the court system, the law school has formed a committee to investigate the accusations. Garrow’s attorney, Lynne Y. Borsuk of Decatur, Ga.’s Peters, Roberts, Borsuk & Rubin, said she has witnesses to prove Garrow didn’t commit battery. “David Garrow denies committing a simple battery on Gloria Mann. We have interviewed the witnesses to this incident and they do not support Gloria Mann’s allegations,” said Borsuk. The dean’s three-member law school committee, appointed by Dean Thomas C. Arthur, will review the incident and determine whether Garrow’s conduct was inappropriate, says a letter Arthur sent to Mann on Oct. 2. The committee also could recommend sanctions against Garrow. Mann filed the request for a temporary restraining order in DeKalb Superior Court on Sept. 25, alleging Garrow “has a long history of inappropriate behavior, loss of temper and verbally attacking” her. Mann v. Garrow, No. 02CV9833 (DeKalb Super. filed Sept. 25, 2002). On Sept. 19, the request says, Garrow “went into an uncontrollable rage and again verbally attacked” Mann. According to the TRO request, Mann then tried to walk away from Garrow, but he followed her into an empty office and continued to scream at her. When she tried to leave, Garrow allegedly grabbed both of her wrists and pushed her. Mann’s attorney, James E. Voyles of Atlanta’s Whatley, Stephenson & Voyles, said Garrow grabbed both of her wrists even though the arrest warrant said he grabbed one wrist. She again tried to leave, but Garrow pushed her a second time, preventing her from leaving, the request says. Two Emory employees intervened, and Garrow walked away, according to the document. In her petition, Mann seeks to prohibit Garrow from coming within 500 yards of her home or 200 yards of her. Also, she asks that Garrow be prevented from touching her or communicating with her anywhere in public. Mann took “several days” off of work, said her lawyer Jamie G. Miller, who is of counsel to Whatley, Stephenson & Voyles, but she has returned. Voyles said he does not expect to get a hearing date on the TRO until November. Voyles said he and Miller are planning to file a suit against Garrow within the next month. Possible claims include battery, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, he said. During the alleged incident, Voyles said, Garrow made comments about Mann’s “inability to do her job and her failure in her position.” Voyles said Garrow was upset over noise from the construction of a new office. The alleged attack on Sept. 19 is the culmination of “a long history of verbal abuse” on Garrow’s part, added Voyles. Professor William J. Carney will chair the law school committee investigating the incident. Anita Bernstein, the school’s Sam Nunn Professor of Law, and Eliza Ellison, director of projects and research for the university’s center for the interdisciplinary study of religion, will serve as members. Voyles said he, too, has witnesses to support Mann’s statements. Garrow, who is not an attorney, teaches courses on civil rights litigation and reproductive rights. He also instructs a graduate seminar in black studies. His book, “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,” received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in biography and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Garrow served as a senior adviser for “Eyes on the Prize,” the award-winning PBS television history of the American black freedom struggle. Mann is responsible for the daily operation of the law school’s physical plant and operations, including maintenance, construction and renovation, security, telecommunications, parking, room reservations and special-event planning, according to the Emory law school Web site. She manages the reception desk and mailroom, copy center, media services, custodial services and the issuance of keys. She and her staff also assist with locker assignments, the allocation of office space and purchasing.

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