Fred Lawrence is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and was President of Brandeis University from 2010-2015. While at Brandeis, he launched the Catalyst Fund for Financial Aid, with $43 million in cash and pledges raised. Lawrence’s signature achievement at Brandeis was to secure the Rose Art Museum, hire a new director, and rebuild its Board of Overseers.He graduated from Williams College Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and received his J.D from Yale University Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal in 1980. He began his legal career in 1980 as clerk to Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Later, Lawrence served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he became chief of the Civil Rights Unit.

In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Law where he taught courses on civil rights enforcement, criminal law, and civil procedure. He also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1996 to 1999. Lawrence received BU’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor, in 1996. From 2005 through 2010, Lawrence was Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.He has been a senior visiting research fellow with the University College London Faculty of Law and has studied bias crimes law in the U.K. through a Ford Foundation grant. Hee was a trustee of Williams College and serves on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League and the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), and the board of trustees of WGBH.