Rule of Law

Advocate to improve New York State government

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 with 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.

Prof. John Rogan previously co-taught the Democracy Clinic and Presidential Succession Clinic.