John D. Feerick

Fordham Law Professor John Feerick

Norris Professor of Law

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Office: 7-160

Areas of Expertise: Conflict Resolution, Constitutional Law, Employment and Labor Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

    • Full Professor, Fordham, 1982-present
    • Former Dean, 1982-2002
    • Adjunct Professor, Fordham, 1976-1982
    • Chair, New York State Public Integrity Commission;
    • Chair, NYS Ethics Commission, 2007
    • Chair, NYS Commission on Judicial Elections, 2003
    • Special Master, Family Homeless Litigation in NYC, 2003
    • Chair, Chief Judge's Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, 2002-2006
    • Chair, Committee to Review Audiovisual Coverage of Court Proceedings, 1996-1997
    • President, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1992-1994
    • Practicing attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, 1961-1982
    • Chairman, N.Y.S. Commission on Government Integrity, 1987-1990
    • Chair, Fund for Modern Courts, 1995-1999
    • Chair, Board of Directors of American Arbitration Association, 1997-2000
    • President, Citizens Union Foundation, 1987-1998
    • Court-appointed Special Master and Arbitrator and Mediator of numerous disputes and controversies
    • Recipient, New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award (one of 16 in 2013)
    • Hall of Honor, Fordham University
    • Co-Chair, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's attorney emeritus program
    • Member, Chief Judge Lippman's task force on pro bono rule for all bar applicants


    • Fordham, BS, 1958, LL.B., 1961
    • Fordham, LLD (Honorary), 2002
  • Selected Publications

    • “Tribute Charles M. Whelan: A Life in the Service of Others,” 75 Fordham L. Rev. 2835 (2007)
    • “Why We Seek Reform. Symposium on Rethinking Judicial Selection: A Critical Appraisal of Appointive Selection for State Court Judges,” 34 Fordham Urb. L.J. 3 (2007)
    • "From Failing Hands: The Story of Presidential Succession" (1965)
    • "The Twenty Fifth Amendment" (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, 1976 & 1992 ed.)
    • "The Vice Presidents of the United States," (Co-author with Emalie P. Feerick, 1967)
    • "NLRB Representation Elections-Law, Practice & Procedure," (Co-authored with Henry P. Baer and Jonathan P. Arfa, 1979-80)
    • Numerous Law Review, Bar Association, and Legal Press Articles on subjects of the Constitution, Ethics, Conflict Resolution, and the Legal Profession.

John Feerick Press Highlights

Billions Co-Creator Brian Koppelman ’95 Shares How Fordham Law Influenced His Career

At Fordham Law Program, Former New York Gov. David Paterson Voices Support for Gubernatorial Succession Reform

Rule of Law Clinic Proposes Electoral Reforms

The Irish Echo: Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick ’61 Profiled as Irish-American Legal Legend

Training Lawyers as Facilitators: Studying the Process at Fordham Law School

Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick ’61 Receives 2022 New York State Senate Commendation Award

Voting Rights and Democracy Forum Publishes Its First Issue

Rule of Law Clinic Reports Focus on Maintaining Continuity of Presidency and Congress

Rule of Law Clinic Sparks Conversation with Report on Gubernatorial Succession 

Fordham Law Clinic Advocates for New York Gubernatorial Succession Reforms

Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick ’61 Awarded Honorary Degree from University College Dublin

Remarks by Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick ’61 at University College Dublin Honorary Degree Conferral Ceremony

Citation for Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, University College Dublin, To Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick ’61

Lawyers as Facilitators: If Not Now, When?

Fordham Law Symposium Explores the Presidential Succession Act at Its 75th Anniversary

Fordham Law Mourns the Loss of Beloved Professor Maria L. Marcus

Vital 25th Amendment, The Work of an Irish Emigrant’s Son

Consul General of Ireland in New York Visits Fordham Law School

Jessie Boas ’19 Receives Inaugural Defender of the Dream Award at Feerick Center 2022 FriendRaiser

Irish Unity In Our Time? Irish Politicians Discuss Nation’s Future with Fordham Law Community