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Kendra Huard Fershee

Kendra H. Fershee

Professor of Law


  • B.A., University of Michigan
  • J.D., Tulane Law School


Kendra Huard Fershee is internationally recognized for her expertise in family law and serves as the Editor in Chief of the Family Law Quarterly, the scholarly journal published by the ABA Section of Family Law. Professor Fershee has been teaching law students since 2006 in the areas of Family Law, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing, Research and Analysis, and Employment Discrimination. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2015 to May 2018. Before teaching, Professor Fershee worked as a litigation associate, focusing on Securities Litigation at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy in Washington, D.C., and New York. She also handled pro bono family law matters while in practice.

Before law school, Professor Fershee worked as a political organizer in Washington, D.C., and then Los Angeles, for a civil liberties organization focusing on first amendment, public education, and civil rights issues. Her interests started to draw her toward law school, so she set out for New Orleans to attend Tulane Law School, where graduated cum laude and was elected Senior Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review. Professor Fershee earned her bachelor’s degree in 1995 from the University of Michigan, where she studied communications and women’s studies.

Publications, Research, and Intellectual Contributions

  • Fershee, K. J. H. (2016). Family Law Quarterly. Entire issue on which I serve as Editor in Chief (3rd ed., vol. 50, pp. 363-500). American Bar Association Family Law Section. (2016)
  • In K. J. H. Fershee (Ed.), Family Law Quarterly (2nd ed., vol. 50, pp. 213-361). American Bar Association Family Law Section. (2016)
  • The Prima Facie Parent: Implementing A Simple, Fair, and Efficient Standing Test in Courts Considering Custody Disputes by Unmarried Gay and Lesbian Parents , 48 Fam. L.Q. _ (2014)
  • The Parent Trap: The Unconstitutional Practice of Severing Parental Rights Without Due Process of Law, 30 Ga. St. L. Rev. __ (2014)
  • A Parent Is a Parent, No Matter How Small, 18 Wm. & Mary J. Women & Law 425 (2012)
  • An Act for All Contexts: Incorporating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act into Title IX to Help Pregnant Students Gain and Retain Access to Education, 39 Hofstra L. Rev. 281 (2010)
  • Hollow Promises for Pregnant Students: How the Regulations Governing Title IX Fail to Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination in School, 43 Ind. L. Rev. 79 (2009)

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law, 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Dakota, 2007-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, 2006-2007

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 2003-2006
  • Field Director, People for the American Way, Los Angeles, 1999-2000
  • Assistant Field Director, People for the American Way, Washington, DC, 1995-1999
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