In his memoir, That Further Shore: A Memoir of Irish Roots and American Promise, (Fordham University Press, 2020) John D. Feerick shares his life story, from his humble beginnings born to immigrant parents in the South Bronx.
He went on to practice law, participating in framing the Constitution’s Twenty-Fifth Amendment, serving as dean of Fordham Law, President of the New York City Bar Association and chair of State Commissions on government integrity.
Beginning with Feerick’s ancestry and early-life experiences, including a detailed genealogical description of Feerick’s Irish ancestors in County Mayo and his laborious quest to identify them and their relationship with one another, the book then presents a survey of the now vanished world of a working-class Irish Catholic neighborhood in the South Bronx.
Feerick’s account explores how he financed his education from elementary school through law school. The book then traces Feerick’s career as a lawyer and how he gave up a lucrative partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm at an early age to accept the office of dean of the Fordham School of Law.
Feerick is a professor of law at Fordham Law School and the occupant of the Sidney C. Norris Chair of Law in Public Service. He teaches and writes in areas of the Constitution, legal ethics, and conflict resolution. His books include the third edition of The Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Its Complete History and Applications, and From Failing Hands: The Story of Presidential Succession, which was helpful in framing the Constitution’s 25th amendment.
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