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Nicholas J. Johnson

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Nicholas J. Johnson is currently a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law.

Experience
Professor of Legal Studies in Business, Franklin and Marshall College, 1988-93;
Of Counsel, Kirkpatrick and Lockhard (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) 1990-93;
Vice President and Co-owner Westar Environmental Corporation, 1988-90;
Associate, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1985-88;
Principal subjects: Contracts, Environmental Law,Gun Control/Gun Rights.

Education
Harvard University, J.D.,1984
West Virginia University, B.S.B.A., 1981

 

David B. Kopel

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David B. Kopel earned his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and his BA, with Highest Honors in History, from Brown University. He is Research Director of the Independence Institute, a public policy research organization in Denver, Colorado, and is an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute, in Washington, D.C.

Kopel is one of several contributors to The Volokh Conspiracy, a Washington Post group weblog of law professors. He has written hundreds of opinion articles for periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Denver Post.

He is the author of 17 books, and over a hundred scholarly articles, including journals from Harvard, Yale, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, and Brown. His topics include constitutional law, international law, criminal justice, technology, antitrust, media issues, and environmental policy. He has contributed entries to 13 academic encyclopedias, and served on the Board of Editors for one.

His research and amicus briefs have been cited by Justices Alito, Stevens, and Breyer; by 20 state appellate court opinions; 14 federal circuit opinions, and 959 law review articles. The Seventh Circuit cited his research as demonstrating the proper model of "originalist interpretive method as applied to the Second Amendment."

Before joining the Independence Institute, Kopel served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado, dealing with enforcement of hazardous waste, Superfund, and other environmental laws. In 1998-99, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University. From 2001 to 2009 he was a media columnist for the Rocky Mountain News.

At Brown University, his thesis on Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., was awarded the National Geographic Society Prize.

Full Biography at http://law.du.edu/index.php/profile/david-kopel. 

Website: www.davekopel.org. 

Twitter: @davekopel.

 

George A. Mocsary

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Before joining the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Law as an Assistant Professor, George A. Mocsary spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He entered academia after having practiced corporate and bankruptcy law at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Harris L. Hartz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Professor Mocsary holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School where he graduated first in his class and summa cum laude. He also served as Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review, and was the recipient of the Benjamin Finkel Prize for Excellence in Bankruptcy and Fordham Law Alumni Association Medal in Constitutional Law. Before going to law school, Professor Mocsary earned his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and ran a successful management consulting practice. His consulting clients ranged from the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, to JPMorgan Chase, to the private bank Pictet and Cie in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Mocsary also holds a B.E. from the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Professor Mocsary is a co-author of Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers, 2012), the first casebook on its topic. He has also published in the George Washington Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and other journals. His work has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy, Professor Mocsary has also published in the George Washington Law Review, Brigham Young University Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and other journals. His work has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Michael P. O’Shea

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Michael P. O’Shea is an Associate Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University School of Law

Education
B.A. magna cum laude, Harvard University
M.A. (Philosophy), University of Pittsburgh
J.D. cum laude, Harvard University

Background:
Professor O’Shea’s research focuses on what might be called the “confrontational” parts of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, particularly the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, and the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, which protects the right to face-to-face cross-examination in criminal trials. He is also interested in state constitutions and state court approaches to legal interpretation. He serves as the Associate Director of OCU Law’s Center for State Constitutional Law and Government.

Before coming to OCU in 2006, O’Shea practiced commercial litigation with Lathrop & Gage, L.C., in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP in Chicago. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to Judge John R. Gibson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.