May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

It gives me great pleasure to announce, along with Provost Tom Murray, PhD, that we have named Joshua Fershee as the new dean of the Creighton University School of Law, effective July 1, 2019. He currently is professor of law and served as director of LLM and concentration programs in energy and sustainable development law at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he has been on the faculty since 2012.

Professor Fershee’s research and scholarship focus primarily on energy law and business law issues. At West Virginia, he 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.

His research has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Harvard Journal on LegislationHarvard Business Law Review OnlineWilliam and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, and the Energy Law Journal. His recent articles have discussed renewable energy programs in the transportation and electricity sectors, climate policy, geothermal energy, and corporate governance. He is the author of Energy Law, A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press) and a co-author of Unincorporated Business Entities(5th ed.) (LexisNexis/Carolina Academic Press).

Professor Fershee served as associate dean for faculty research and development at West Virginia College of Law from 2015 to 2018, during which time he coordinated a successful accreditation site visit from the American Bar Association.

Prior to joining West Virginia, he was an associate dean for academic affairs and research and an associate professor of law at the University of North Dakota School of Law. He also worked at law firms in Washington, D.C., and New York, specializing in government regulation and corporate law, and at major public relations firms in Los Angeles.

Professor Fershee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science from Michigan State University in 1995, and magna cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2003, where he was editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review.

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.

Please join me in welcoming Dean Fershee to campus when he arrives this summer.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD