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Professor Joshua Fershee named dean of Creighton School of Law

Professor Kendra Fershee will join the Creighton law faculty.

WVU Law professor Joshua Fershee

OMAHA, NE—WVU Law professor  Joshua Fershee has been named the 11th dean of Creighton University School of Law. He will officially begin his duties as dean on July 1.

Professor  Kendra Fershee has accepted a tenured faculty position at Creighton School of Law. 

Joshua Fershee has served as professor of law and director of LLM programs in energy and sustainable development law at WVU Law since 2012. He was also the associate dean for faculty research and development from 2015-2018.

WVU Law professor Kendra Fershee

Kendra Fershee joined the WVU Law faculty in 2012 and served as the associate dean for academic affairs from 2015-18. She is editor-in-chief of the ABA's Family Law Quarterly.

“Josh and Kendra have been invaluable members of the faculty and the leadership team at the WVU College of Law,” said  Greg Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “Josh is a highly strategic thinker and a great teacher, and he is truly passionate about legal education. He is a great choice to be Creighton University School of Law’s next dean.”

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

A 1995 graduate of Michigan State University, Fershee began his career in public relations and media outreach before attending the Tulane University School of Law, whence he graduated in 2003. He worked in private practice at the firms of Davis Polk & Wardell in New York and Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C., until 2006, when he entered legal academia.

Fershee was a visiting assistant professor of law at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2006 and 2007 and served in professorial and administrative positions at the University of North Dakota School of Law between 2007 and 2012, before joining the faculty at West Virginia.

There, Fershee facilitated creation of the law college’s first LLM Program in Energy and Sustainable Development, and was a co-investigator on a $1.2 million grant to advance science and engineering for localized gas utilization. He leads the Economic and Community Development Group and is a faculty researcher in the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization for West Virginia’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Fershee's research has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Business Law Review Online, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, and the Energy Law Journal.

He is the author of two casebooks, "Energy Law, A Context and Practice Casebook" (Carolina Academic Press) and "Unincorporated Business Entities" (Lexis-Nexis, 5th ed.)

“It is my sincere privilege to welcome Professor Fershee to Creighton and the School of Law,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. “We look forward to his leadership and the commitment to students he has demonstrated. I am grateful for the members of the Law Dean Search Committee and committee chair Anthony Hendrickson, PhD, dean of the Heider College of Business, for their diligent work in reviewing candidates and providing recommendations. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Michael Kelly, JD, LLM, for his dedicated service as interim dean of the School of Law.”


Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging  healthlawbusiness and the  arts and sciences for a more just world.


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