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Rule of Law

Advocate to improve how presidential elections work

The Rule of Law Clinic advocates for reforms to strengthen democratic institutions. In Fall 2023, the clinic will focus on New York’s procedures for gubernatorial succession and inability. Interest is growing in reforming New York’s policies for vacancies and inabilities in the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, following several unanticipated turnovers in those offices in recent years.

Last year, the Rule of Law Clinic released a report outlining gubernatorial succession reforms. The report was cited in several places, including a New York State Bar Association report.

In the fall semester, the clinic will seek to build on the momentum for reform. Advocacy and outreach to policymakers and other stakeholders will be a major part of the work. Students will write policy documents, coordinate with outside partners, and meet with legislators and their staffs.

In addition to collaborating stakeholders outside of Fordham Law, the clinic will work with Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick, who assisted in framing the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which deals with presidential succession and inability. Dean Feerick has also advocated for gubernatorial succession reforms in New York.

Additional Resources

It's Time to Abolish Electors

Presidents Must Be Elected Popularly:

Examining Proposals and Identifying the Natural Endpoint of Electoral College Reform

Gianni Mascioli, Caroline Kane, Meira Nagel, Michael McGarry, Ezra Medina, Jenny Brejt, Siobhan D’Angelo, January 2020


Under the direction of former Dean John Feerick, Fordham has been in the forefront of improving the nation's procedures for handling constitutional issues, In addition to his work on the Electoral College, he played a key role in framing the Constitution's 25th Amendment.

Prof. John Rogan and Dean Feerick previously co-taught the Democracy Clinic and the Presidential Succession Clinic. One of the eleven reports released by the Democracy Clinic focused on Electoral College reform. Prof. John Rogan previously co-taught the Democracy Clinic and the Presidential Succession Clinic.