Alumni Luminaries are members of each reunion class who have gone on to achieve significant success or done interesting work. You might remember these luminaries
from your time together at Emory. Catch up with them during your reunion weekend.
Class of 1971 Alumni Luminaries
Charles Haynes 71C 85G
Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC and senior scholar at the First Amendment Center. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life.
Dr. Haynes is best known for his work on First Amendment conflicts in public schools. Over the past two decades, he has been the principal organizer and drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools, endorsed by a broad range of religious, civil liberties, and educational organizations. He is author or co-author of six books, including First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America and Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Schools. His column, “Inside the First Amendment,” appears in more than 200 newspapers nationwide.
Widely quoted in news magazines and major newspapers, Haynes is also a frequent guest on television and radio. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Emory University Medal in 2005 and the First Freedom Award from the Council for America's First Freedom in 2008.
Haynes holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Emory University.
E. Duncan Getchell 71C
E. Duncan Getchell is currently the solicitor general of Virginia. He comes to that position as the former chair of the appellate practice group of McGuireWoods, L.L.P. Duncan is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He’s also a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and an adjunct professor at the Marshall Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary.
Among his professional accomplishments, Getchell has served as the special counsel for the Commonwealth of Virginia defending the 2001 redistricting at trial and on appeal, special counsel for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and special counsel for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. He was also nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 2007.
Getchell graduated from Emory with a B.A. in history with high honors and was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity; Delta Tau Delta, and served as SGA attorney General. After Emory, he completed his law degree at Duke University and participated in the Air Force Honors program, where he served as a captain detached to the Office of the General Counsel Secretary of the Air Force.