James W. Fox Jr

James W. Fox Jr

Professor of Law

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

Phone: 727-562-7890
Email: [email protected]
Office: Crummer 207 (Gulfport)

Contracts, Constitutional Law, Poverty Law and American Legal History

Professor Fox writes and teaches in the areas of contract law, American legal history, and poverty law. His work has been published in journals such as the Alabama Law Review, the Howard Law Journal, the 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 the how the ideas and experiences of African Americans in the nineteenth century can expand notions of originalism and the ways we think about constitutional history and interpretation. His work also looks at the intersection of civil society and public sphere theory as they relate to citizenship and freedom. Professor Fox served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2009 through 2012. In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Fox has also been a member of the board of directors of Gulfcoast Legal Services since 2003 (twice serving as President) and served as Chair of the Section on Legal History of the Association of American Law Schools in 2014-15.

Featured Publications

Additional publications are available on SSRN.

Counterpublic Originalism and the Exclusionary Critique

This Article proposes a new form of originalism — Counterpublic Originalism — as a method to better incorporate excluded communities into the narratives of constitutional history, with a particular focus on African American history. Cite: 67 Ala. L. Rev. 675

Publics, Meanings & the Privileges of Citizenship

This extended review essay argues for a more comprhensive method for incorporating diverse communities into constitutional interpretation, with a focus on the Reconstruction amendments. Cite: 30 Const. Commentary 567

Professor Fox joined the Stetson faculty in fall 2000. He graduated magna cum laude in 1990 from the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan Professor Fox became a member of Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law Reform. After law school he clerked for the Honorable Phyllis Kravitch on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He was an associate in Washington, D.C., with 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.