John Attanasio

John Attanasio

Title: President, and Author
Company: International Academic Institute of Legal Process and Procedure
Location: Dallas, Texas; New York, New York, United States

John Attanasio, lawyer and author, Politics and Capital, Oxford University Press; and president of The International Academic Institute of Legal Process and Procedure, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal education.

Mr. Attanasio’s upcoming book, Politics and Capital: Auctioning the American Dream, will be published by Oxford University Press, for more: It has elicited high praise from diverse leading authors. For many years, Mr. Attanasio co-authored with Norman Redlich, dean of NYU Law School, Bernard Schwartz, a Rhodes Scholar and chaired professor at NYU, and Joel Goldstein, a Rhodes Scholar and chaired at SLU, the casebook, Constitutional Law and the treatise, Understanding Constitutional Law. He also co-edited two books with Professor Joseph Norton (hon. D.Phil., University of Edinburgh), Multilateralism v. Unilateralism and A New Global Financial Architecture, both published by British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He has published many articles in top law journals and has lectured in over 30 countries. His teaching and writing focus on Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Comparative Law, Law & Economics, Law & Religion, Law & Science, and Law & Philosophy. His legal practice focuses on litigation, mediation, and arbitration; and on advising courts and governments around the world on broad-ranging issues of governance and economics.

He was inspired to enter the law to help people, especially the less fortunate. From 2001-2012, he was Director of the Rule of Law Forum which brought to the U.S. 12 high-ranking delegations from 10 different countries for meetings with U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Cabinet Ministers, etc. He has organized or co-organized 7 international Supreme Court Summits in which 10 different U.S. Supreme Court Justices have participated. In 1990, he was the first Fulbright Award winner to teach American Constitutional law in the Soviet Union. He helped found the Appellate Judges Education Institute, now at Duke Law School. He team-taught courses with three different Justices of the South African Constitutional Court, including with its first black President; with a Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1990; and with a Justice of the European Court of Justice. In 2014, the SMU Law Review published a symposium issue entitled Rule of Law Symposium in Honor of John Attanasio. Authors include: a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, two Justices of the highest court of Europe, and a dedication by Judge and former Yale Dean Guido Calabresi. For more, visit: He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

From 1998-2015, Mr. Attanasio held the Judge William Hawley Atwell Chair at SMU Dedman School of Law. From 2013-2014, he was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at NYU Law School. From 1992-2013, he served as Dean of both SLU Law School, where he was the youngest dean in the U.S., and SMU Law School for three five-year terms.  During his third term from 2008 to 2013, he was the inaugural Judge James Noel Dean. He shattered fundraising records at both schools, raising over $125 million. At both institutions, he also dramatically increased the admissions and placement profiles of students elevating these to completely unprecedented levels, and hired many distinguished permanent and visiting faculty. He led extensive curricular and administrative innovations. He helped to establish a new international LL.M. program at SLU and tripled the size of that program at SMU. He dramatically increased both student scholarships and capital reserves at both schools.

An alumnus of the University of Virginia, Mr. Attanasio earned a BA in 1976 and a JD from New York University in 1979. He practiced litigation, administrative law, and arbitration before earning a Dipl. in Law from Oxford University and teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Attanasio completed an LL.M. from Yale University in 1985, and taught law at the University of Notre Dame, where he also was John M. Regan Jr. Director of the interdisciplinary Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Mr. Attanasio is licensed to practice in Maryland and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American and Dallas Bar Associations, and a lifetime fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations. He chaired the Out-of-the-Box Committee on the Future of Legal Education, and the Board of the Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights. Currently, he chairs the Board of the International Academic Institute of Legal Process and Procedure. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, which seeks to establish judicial academies. Its boards and committees include leading figures from government, the judiciary, law, and business.

For more information please visit:

Politics and Capital: Auctioning the American Dream

Rule of Law Symposium in Honor of John Attanasio.

Contact Mr. Attanasio


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