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Joshua Fershee Named Next Creighton Law School Dean

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

After nearly two years with an interim dean following a shake up in the school’s administration, the Creighton University School of Law named a West Virginia law professor as its next dean. 

Joshua P. Fershee will begin his new duties as Creighton Law’s 11th dean on July 1. 

“Creighton University has a long and proud history of educating for service and justice,” Fershee said in a Creighton news release. “I am excited to join the School of Law to help make sure the future is even brighter than the impressive past.” 

Fershee has been a tenured professor of law development at the West Virginia University College of Law since 2014. He has also been the director of a Master of Laws program in energy and sustainable development since 2013. 

His career began with practicing public relations after graduating in 1995 from Michigan State University. He attended the Tulane University School of Law, where he graduated in 2003. 

  Fershee was a summer associate and an associate corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where he worked on corporate and transactional matters such as mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and securities litigation and regulation. In 2004, he left to join Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C., as an associate attorney specializing in government regulation of the energy sector. 

  He was a visiting professor at the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University in 2006-07 and then joined the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law, serving as associate dean for academic affairs and research for the 2011-12 academic year prior to moving to Morgantown, West Virginia. 

  As West Virginia University, Fershee has also been a member of the research faculty and head of the economic and community development group for the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization, including being a co-investigator on a $1.26 million research challenge grant project. 

Fershee’s research has appeared in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Business Law Review Online and Energy Law Journal, among other places. He is also the author of two casebooks, Energy Law: A Context and Practice Casebook and Unincorporated Business Entities. 

“I look forward to working together on creative and forward-looking efforts that will ensure that Creighton School of Law students continue to have the intellectual, interpersonal and moral abilities they need for lifelong service in the law in an evolving world,” Fershee said in a release. 

Fershee will take the reins from Creighton Law Professor Michael J. Kelly, who has served as interim dean since the summer of 2017. Kelly took over after Paul E. McGreal stepped down as dean to become a law professor. 

Creighton President Daniel S. Hendrickson said he welcomes Fershee to the law school. 

“We look forward to his leadership and the commitment to students he has demonstrated,” Hendrickson said in a release.


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