Stetson University

James W. Fox Jr.


Professor of Law

B.A., University of North Carolina
J.D., University of Michigan Law School

American Legal History, Contracts, Poverty Law

Professor Fox joined the Stetson faculty in fall 2000. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and then attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1990, became a member of Order of the Coif, and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law Reform. He then clerked for the Honorable Phyllis Kravitch on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He was an associate with the Washington, D.C., firm of Covington & Burling, where his practice focused on complex tort and insurance litigation. He also served as a temporary staff attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington. Before joining the faculty at Stetson, Professor Fox taught at Mercer University Law School.

Professor Fox has written on the history and theory of democratic citizenship and poverty and on contract theory in journals such as the Howard Law Journal, Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, the Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Kentucky Law Journal, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and the Washington University Law Quarterly. Professor Fox's current research focuses on the intersection of civil society and public sphere theory and the actual practices of citizenship and implementation of the Fourteenth Amendment on the ground during the period from Reconstruction through the Progressive Era. Professor Fox is also exploring the ways in which the ideas and experiences of African Americans during the Reconstruction period can expand notions of originalism.  Professor Fox served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2009 through 2012.  In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Fox has also served on the board of directors of Gulfcoast Legal Services.
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