Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, Esq.

Brief Bio

Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, tenured associate professor of Legal Studies at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, and founder of Practical Diversity, a diversity consulting business, is a cum laude graduate of the Howard University School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of the Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia), both in Washington, DC. She is licensed to practice law in DC and six federal jurisdictions.  Among other things, Dr. Bennett-Alexander is the recipient of a 2000-2001 Fulbright Senior Scholar  fellowship to teach law at the Ghana School of Law in Ghana, West Africa and conduct research on race and gender in employment and the 2011 recipient of the University of Georgiaís Presidentís Fulfilling the Dream award for building bridges to understanding. She has also received many teaching and diversity awards.

Prior to coming to UGA in January of 1988, Dr. Bennett-Alexander taught Business and Employment Law for five and one-half years at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Before teaching, she worked in legal capacities in Washington, DC at the Federal Labor Relations Authority litigating federal sector labor law cases; the White House Domestic Council, serving as assistant to the Associate Director and General Counsel of the Council; the D.C. Court of Appeals, the highest court in DC, as law clerk to the Honorable Julia Cooper Mack; and at the Federal Trade Commission's Antitrust Division, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Antioch School of Law. Bennett-Alexander served as a special master (labor arbitrator) for the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission from 1985-1991.

Dr. Bennett-Alexander publishes extensively in the Employment Law area with particular emphasis on issues of race, gender, sexual harassment, sexual orientation and gender identity. Her articles have appeared in sources such as the American Business Law Journal, The Labor Law Journal, The Women's Rights Law Reporter, Wisconsin Women's Law Review, The Personnel Administrator, and other journals. In July 1994 she published for Irwin Publishing Co.(now McGraw-Hill) a first-of-its-kind Employment Law textbook, Employment Law for Business, now going into its 8th edition. It is the text which created the Employment Law discipline for colleges of business.She has also authored two legal environment textbooks, The Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Environment of Business in a Diverse Society, (McGraw-Hill, 2011) and The Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Environment of Business (South-Western, 1995).  She has edited or had chapters in several other books.

Dr. Bennett-Alexander has conducted diversity and Employment Law seminars for the public and private sector since 1985, has been featured in radio programs across the country, and quoted in the national media including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune Magazine, Georgia Trend, The Houston Chronicle, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and many other newspapers. After conducting numerous seminars and presentations on multiculturalism and gender issues, she co-founded BJD Consulting in early 1993, specializing in awareness, sensitivity and training in issues of diversity, particularly race, gender, sexual harassment and affinity orientation. In 1998, Dr. Bennett-Alexander formed Practical Diversity consulting firm, to specialize in taking diversity from theory to practice in the workplace.  Aside from having the best selling Employment Law textbook in the country, Dr. Bennett-Alexander considers one of the highlights of her work being asked by Grolier Encyclopedia to write its first-ever sexual harassment entry for the 1998 Encyclopedia Yearbook and being asked by McGraw-Hill Publishers to write the first-ever Legal Environment of Business text fully infused with diversity.

Dr. Bennett-Alexander is the mother of three daughters to whom, along with her ancestors and grandchildren, much of her work is dedicated.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank