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David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential distinguished professor at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, has been suspended for six months following a staff member’s accusation of simple battery. Garrow’s attorneys say the professor never met with a committee charged with reviewing the allegations of Gloria Mann, the university’s operations director. But Emory officials say Garrow declined the committee chairman’s invitation. Garrow was arrested and charged with simple battery Sept. 27 after Mann accused him of grabbing her wrist, pushing her backward and shouting at her, according to a Sept. 24 warrant. A university spokeswoman said Garrow’s suspension took effect Oct. 15. It will end around April 15, six days before the end of spring semester classes. Garrow referred questions to his attorneys. Last week, Garrow hired R. Keegan Federal Jr., the attorney who represented Emory business professor Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld in his highly publicized wrongful termination suit against the school. Sonnenfeld, a prominent business professor who was accused of defacing hallways, said he was coerced into resigning his post and that Emory President William M. Chase influenced Georgia Tech to withdraw an offer to Sonnenfeld to head its business school. The suit was settled in 2000 for an undisclosed amount. Sonnenfeld v. Emory, No. 1:98-CV-1555-CC (N.D. Ga. filed May 29, 1998). ‘EXPLORING OUR OPTIONS’ “We are exploring our options including the possibility of a lawsuit against Emory,” Federal said. Federal added that he intends to contact Joan C. Grafstein, an attorney in Emory’s office of the general counsel, about pursuing the matter through the university’s faculty appeals process. “I think that one of the most disturbing aspects about Emory’s decision here is the consequences to the students, but that’s obviously out of our hands and those are consequences Emory will have to deal with,” said Federal. Lynne Y. Borsuk of Peters, Roberts, Borsuk & Rubin of Decatur, Ga., is Garrow’s criminal defense attorney. She said she arranged for him to take a polygraph test. She said the test was administered by a retired “FBI-trained polygrapher.” The test focused on two issues, said Borsuk: whether Garrow intentionally grabbed Mann’s arm and whether he pushed her. Borsuk added that he denies the allegations, and that the polygraph corroborates his position. Borsuk also said she has two witnesses whose statements support Garrow. She asked Dean Thomas C. Arthur whether Garrow would be able to address the committee without giving up his right to remain silent in light of the criminal charges, Borsuk said. But Garrow was never given an opportunity to present his side of the story to Arthur’s committee, Borsuk contends. “One would hope that … a law school, of all places, would ensure that due process is an integral part of any investigation,” she said. “Ultimately the committee met and rendered a decision entirely without David Garrow being able to participate in the proceedings, to face his accuser, to bring forth evidence of his own in his defense, to comment or attack … the credibility of the complainant.” But William J. Carney, the Emory law professor who chaired the three-member investigation committee appointed by Arthur, said Garrow opted not to meet with his panel. “On Oct. 2, I extended an invitation to David Garrow that was delivered via e-mail, mailed to his home, hand-delivered to his office and orally asked him to meet with the committee,” Carney said in a statement. “On Oct. 7, he told me that his attorney had instructed him not to meet with the committee. On Oct. 10, I spoke with him again and told him that the committee was proceeding and he said he would not be able to participate.” Mann’s attorneys, Jamie G. Miller and James E. Voyles of Whatley, Stephenson & Voyles in Atlanta, said, “We hope that the university will enact policies to allow incidents such as the ones involving Ms. Mann to be responded to in a more expeditious manner. We also hope that upon Professor Garrow’s return, appropriate steps will be taken to protect Ms. Mann and anyone involved in the investigation from any retaliation.” Earlier this month, Voyles said he and Miller planned to sue Garrow. Possible claims include battery, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, he said. Miller said Tuesday that the attorneys still are exploring their options. Mann also filed a 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 her wrists and pushed her. 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. GARROW TAUGHT LEGAL METHODS Garrow, who is not an attorney, taught a legal methods class for first-year students this semester and an upper-class course on civil rights litigation. He also has taught civil rights litigation and a graduate seminar in African-American studies. His book, “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,” (William Morrow & Co., January, 1986) 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.

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