E. R. LanierProfessor of Law Emeritus
Professor E. R. Lanier hails from North Carolina, but moved to Georgia as a child. He completed his preparatory education with the Franciscan Friars at St. John's Seminary in Montour Falls, New York, in 1962 and in 1965 received his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1968 he took the Juris Doctor degree at Emory University and a Certificate in International Law from City of London College in England, following which he attended the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia that year as well. Later, in 1984, he received his M.Sc. from Georgia State University. He was awarded the LL.M. degree at the University of Georgia in 2004, where his thesis addressed the history of arbitration law in Georgia from colonial times until the present. His M.A. degree in History from Georgia College & State University was awarded for his thesis addressing the evolution in Georgia of the constitutional principles limiting secular court intervention in church property disputes.
He is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and, during the late 1960's and early 70's, he saw active duty in Europe, the United States, and Asia where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat for service in the Republic of Vietnam. Returning home, he practiced law in Atlanta with the firm of Gambrell, Russell, Killorin, Wade & Forbes until he established his own firm in Buckhead in the early 1970's. His affiliation with Georgia State University began in the mid-1970s when he taught as an adjunct instructor in the College of Business Administration at Georgia State, joining the full-time faculty in that College in 1977. With action by the Board of Regents to establish the law school at GSU in 1981, he became active in assisting Dean Ben Johnson in the organization of the new school, joining its faculty as an Associate Professor of Law in the fall of 1982. He has been with the College of Law since that time, serving as Interim Dean during the period 1985-1986 and as Associate Dean for Development in 1986-1987.
Active in the fields of procedure and international and comparative law, Professor Lanier has served as visiting professor at a variety of schools abroad, including the University of Bielefeld in Germany (1978-1979); Westminster College (Oxford, England, 1983); the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (Paris, France, 1983); the University of Warsaw (2000; 2004); and the University of Linz in Austria, where he appeared intermittently throughout the 1990's. Professor Lanier is the Director of the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration, a cooperative educational venture emphasizing international commercial arbitration co-sponsored by the GSU College of Law and Law Faculty of the University of Warsaw, Poland. In 1994, in recognition of his extensive background and activity in international and comparative law, Professor Lanier was named an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law headquartered in Paris. He was elected Chair of the Section on International Legal Exchange of the American Association of Law Schools for the year 2003-2004.
Professor Lanier currently teaches a variety of procedural and international courses at the College, including Civil Procedure, Remedies, Georgia Practice & Procedure, International Moot Court, and the Seminar on Georgia Legal History.
Professor Lanier's leisure activities reflect his professional interests. He is Vice-President of the Georgia Legal History Foundation and Board Member of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. He serves as a member of the National Legal Advisory Board of the Orthodox Church in America.
E. R. Lanier
E-mail: elanier@@E R A S Egsu.edu
416B Urban Life
Civil Trial and Procedure
International and Comparative Law
Courses Taught: Civil Procedure I, Remedies, Georgia Practice & Procedure, International Commercial Arbitration, International Moot Court, Seminar in Georgia Legal History