Dr. William J. McDevitt, Esq.

Associate Professor
Office: Mandeville Hall 357
Phone: (610) 660-1634
Fax: (610) 660-1229
Email: wmcdevit@sju.edu


Education

  • B.A.University of Notre Dame '72
  • J.D. Villanova University '75

Professional Experience

Faculty Positions

  • Associate Professor of Business Law
  • Saint Joseph’s University, 1999 - Present
  • Assistant Professor of Business Law
  • Saint Joseph’s University, 1991 - 1999
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Law
  • Saint Joseph’s University, 1990 - 1991
  • Adjunct Lecturer of Management
  • Saint Joseph’s University, 1987 - 1990

Professional Experience

  • Sole Practitioner, 1993 to Present - General Practice of Law
  • Peck, Young & Van Sant (Partner), 1986-1992 - Litigation and General Business Law
  • Karabel & Morrow (Associate), 1985-86 - General Practice of Law
  • Hepburn, Willcox, Hamilton & Putnam (Associate), 1981-85 - Litigation and General Business Law
  • Hamilton, Darmopray & Malloy (Associate), 1975-81, Litigation and General Business Law
  • Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 1972-74 (Part-time), Juvenile Prosecutor, Felony Case Aide

Institutional Services
A. UNIVERSITY

  • Academic Honesty Board, 1991-Present; Chair, 1997-Present
  • Grievance Committee, 1997-2000, 2003-2006, 2015-Present
  • Faculty Review Board, 2002-2005, 2011-2014, 2015-Present
  • Pre-Law Advisory Committee, 2013-Present
  • Justice, Ethics & the Law Advisory Board, 2013-Present
  • Copyright Policy Committee, 2010-Present
  • Faculty Senate Parliamentarian, 2015-Present
  • iSJU, 2008-Present
  • Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, 2012-Present
  • Shared Governance Task Force, Subcommittee on Principles, 2014-15
  • Ad Hoc University Council Committee, SJU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation 2015
  • Safe Environment Task Force, 2012-15
  • Advisory Board on Faculty Compensation, 2006-07, Co-Chair 2013-15
  • Appeals Panel (Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation), 2013-14
  • Middle States Reaccreditation, Task Force 5, 2012-14
  • Honors Program Advisory Committee, 1999-2014
  • SJU Fund, 1999-2001, HSB Faculty Chair, 2011-13
  • Board on Athletic Policy, 2006-2012
  • Integrated Student Records and Financial Services, Holds on Student Accounts, 2011-12
  • Center for International Porgrams, Guidebook editor
  • W.W. Smith Scholarship Committee, 1992-1996, 1998, 2000-2008
  • Hearing Committee, 1998-2001, 2009-10
  • Project Appalachia, Adult Facilitator, 2010
  • GEP Implementation, Curriculum Working Group, Writing Intensive Courses, 2009-10
  • Advising Notes Task Force, 2009
  • Troubling Behavior in the Classroom: How Faculty Members Can Help, Panalist, 2009
  • In-House General Counsel Search Committee, 2004 & 2008
  • Comprehensive Curriculum Review Committee, Concentrations Working Group, 2004-2007
  • Commission on Status of Women, 2006
  • Director of Residence Life Search Committee, 2006
  • Living/Learning Program, 2001-06
  • NCAA Recertification, Governance and Rules Complicance subcommittee, 2005-2006
  • University Council, 1999-2000, 2001-2005, Executive Committee, 2002-03
  • Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Feasibility of the Diversity Requirement, 2001-03
  • Law Professions Advisory Committee, 1997-2005
  • Middle States Taskforce II (Leadership, Governance Administration), 2003
  • Institutional Planning Committee, 1995-2002
  • Hearing Committee, 1998-2001
  • Faculty Senate Executive Council, 1993-95 and 1998-2000
  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Senate Secretary, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Handbook Committee, 1999-2000
  • New Faculty Orientation, 1999-2001
  • Freshman Academic Orientation, 1997 - 2002
  • Graduation Marshall, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000-10
  • Scholarship and Student Financial Aid Committee, 1991-1999
  • Graduation Name Reader, 1999
  • Faculty Policy and Procedures Committee, 1992 - 94; Chair, Subcommittee on Racial Abuse and Harassment Policy, 1992-93
  • Faculty Policies and Procedures Ad Hoc Committee on Mandates to Amend Faculty Handbook, 2000
  • Faculty Policies and Procedures Ad Hoc Committee on Evaluation and Review, 1997-98
  • Task Force on Administrative/Staff Representation on University Council,1995-96
  • Law & Court Administration Program Director, 1991-95
  • Multi-Cultural Mentor Program, 1991-92

B. HAUB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

  • HSB Executive MBA Admissions Committee, 2008-Present
  • HSB Academic Development Committee, 1995-2003, 2006-Present
  • HSB MBA Admisssions Committee, 2008-10
  • HSB Career Development Advisory Committee, 2000-10
  • HSB Human Resources Admissions Committee, 2003-2007
  • HSB Strategic Planning Committee, 2003-2006
  • HSB Board of Governors, 2000-2006
  • HSB Executive Committee, 2000-Present
  • HSB Merit Evaluation Task Force, 2001-2003
  • HSB Academic Development Committee, 1995-2003, 2006-Present
  • HSB Teaching Forum Moderator, 1997-2003, 2006-15
  • HSB Career Development Advisory Committee, 2000-02
  • HSB Faculty Qualification Committee, 2000-01
  • New Faculty Orientation, 1995-96, 2000-01
  • Faculty Oversight Committee for Public Safety and Environmental Protection Institute, 1996-Present
  • College Council Executive Committee, 1993-1997; Chair, 1994-95; Secretary, 1993-94, 1996-97
  • Faculty Weekly Welcome to Prospective Students, 1994-96
  • Self-Study Committee on Students, 1992-95
  • Service Learning Committee, 1992-93

C. MANAGEMENT & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

  • Faculty Recruitment Committees, 2000-Present
  • Represent Department at Admissions Office Open Houses, 1995-Present
  • Advising students majoring in Management, 1992-Present
  • Advising transfer students, 2000-Present
  • Executive Program Committee, 2008-09
  • Department Program Review Author, 2008-09
  • Faculty Resources Committee, 2006-07
  • Department Chair, 2000-06
  • Communications Committee, Chair, 1992-1999
  • Represent Department at New Student Orientation, 1993
  • Curriculum Committee, 1990-93
  • Graduate Research Assistant Coordinator, 1992-93
  • Special Project Researcher on MBA Waiver of Foundation Courses, 1991

D. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

  • Faculty Awards Selection Committee, 1998

Community Service

  • Friends of Sellers Hall, 2009-Present (President)
  • St. Charles Boromeo Seminary, College Seminary Committee, 2015-Present
  • Monsignor Bonner High School Father and Sons Association, 1999-2003 (Secretary 2000-2003)
  • Upper Darby Historical Society, 1989-Present (Solicitor, 1989-Present; President, 1993-97)
  • Delaware County Historical Society, 1997-Present (Board of Directors, 1997-2001)
  • MANNA (Christmas 1995 and 1997; bi-weekly 1998-Present): deliver meals to AIDS victims.
  • Philabundance, 1999-Present (periodic volunteer)
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Philadelphia, 1976-Present (President, 1979-1981; Vice President, 1978-79; Secretary, 1977-78, 1982-83; Alumni Senator, 1980; Board of Governors, 1980-1994; Alumni Summer Services Project Coordinator, 1981-2006; Neeson Scholarship Review Committee, 1998; Long-Range Planning Committee, 1998; Universal Notre Dame Humanitarian Week Coordinator, 1992; Community Service Committee Co-Chair, 1991-93): 700 member local alumni organization, part of worldwide network.
  • University of Notre Dame, Office of Admissions, 1981-1991 (Chairman, Alumni Schools Committee for Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1981-1991): managed 35 alumni volunteers who covered 140 Southeastern Pennsylvania high schools.
  • Amnesty International, Legal Network (1987-1993)
  • Law Day Commemoration, Bywood Elementary School, 1995
  • St. Andrew the Apostle Lector, 1990-2010 (Coordinator, 1996-2010)
  • St. John the Baptist Parish Council, 1984-1986 (President, 1985-86)
  • St. John the Baptist Restoration Implementation Committee, 1984-86 (Chairman)
  • Upper Darby Youth Soccer League Coach, 1994-1998 (Championship 1997)
  • Drexel Hill Little League Assistant Coach, 1990-94 (Championship 1992)
  • YMCA Soccer Program Coach, 1991-93
  • 21st Ward Community Council, 1985-1987 (Board of Directors, 1986-87)
  • Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association, 1983-1987 (President, 1985-87)
  • St. Thomas Players of Rosemont, 1976-1983 (President 1979-80; Chairman of Board of Directors, 1982-83)

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 1994 - Present; Employment Law Section, 1995-Present (Chair, 1997-2000)
  • American Association of University Professors, 1997-Present (SJU Chapter, Sec'y/Treas. 1997-2015, President, 2015-Present)
  • Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1975-Present
  • Delaware County Bar Association, 1993-Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Education Center, 1989-2001 (Vice-President of Programming 1998-1999; Program Committee Chair, 1992-1997; Member of Board of Directors, 1995-2001)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1976-2001
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Board of Directors, 2000
  • Philadelphia Bar Association (1976-2008) (Membership, Bar Placement Committee, 1983-1994, Chair 1984-1985 and 1993; Professional Education Committee, 1989-1992; Legal Line; Vecchione Project; Arbitration Program, panelist 1975-1992)
  • NASD Dispute Resolution, 1998-2007
  • American Arbitration Association, 1976-2004

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Legal Environment of Business I - AACSB styled course required of all business majors
  • Legal Environment of Business II - supplemental business law course designed especially for accounting majors
  • Introduction to Law - Honors Program course which features a Moot Court exercise and a Mock Jury Trial
  • International Business Law - offered as part of the International Management Study Abroad experience
  • Employment & Labor Law - course in MHR major
  • Principles of Management

Graduate

  • Business Law for Managers - comprehensive legal course for contemporary managers
  • Business Law for EMBA’s - MBA Business Law for Managers course adapted for EMBA program
  • Employment & Labor Law - Course for both MSHRM and MBA students.
  • Management Theory
  • Legal Issues in the Food Industry - law module for MS in Food Marketing program

Independent Study

  • Supervised many undergraduate students doing independent study for Legal Environment of Business I and II, plus management and information systems internships.

Other Teaching

  • Served as judge for Reimel Moot Court Competition, Villanova University School  of Law, 1996-present.
  • Served as brief grader for Reimel Moot Court Competition, Villanova University  School of Law, 2000

Publications

Refereed Journals/Law Reviews

“In the News: The Perfect Class Commencement,” Atlantic Law Journal, Vol. 18 (Summer 2016)

"Active Learning through Appellate Simulation: A Simple Recipe for a Legal Environment of Business Course," The Journal of Legal Studies Education, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring 2009).

"I Dream of GINA: Understanding the Genetics Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008," Villanova Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 1 (2009), pp. 91-115.

“Understanding and Applying the EEOC Enforcement Guidance on
Psychiatric Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Midwest Law Review, Vol. 16, (Spring 1999), pp. 55-79.

“Three Ready-to-Use Mock Jury Trials for the Classroom,” The Journal of Legal Studies Education, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Summer/Fall 1998), pp. 151-173.

“Defining the Term ‘Disability’ under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Winter 1998), pp. 281-297.

“Evaluating the Concept of ‘Serious Health Condition’ under the Family and Medical Leave Act,” with Dr. David Daigle, Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Spring 1997), pp. 697-717.

“Seniority Systems and the Americans With Disabilities Act: The Fate of ‘Reasonable Accommodation’ After Eckles,” St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Winter 1997), pp. 359-388.

“The Family and Medical Leave Act Revisited: New Regulations and First Cases,” Employment and Labor Law Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Winter 1997), pp. 1-17.

Refereed Proceedings

“The Americans With Disabilities Act v. the National Labor Relations Act: Finding a Reasonable Accommodation,” Proceedings, 66th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Milwaukee, WI, (August 1995) pp. 155-171.

“Teaching the Concept of Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act,” Proceedings, 16th National Conference on Teaching Public Administration, St. Louis, MO, (March 1993) pp. 203-210.

“The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990: Implications for Personnel Administration,” Proceedings, 15th National Conference on Teaching Public Administration, Charleston, SC, (February 1992) pp. 265-277.

Chapter to Author/Publisher Book

"Administrative Law Overview," in R.B. Termini (Ed.), Food Drug and Medical Device Law: Topics and Cases, FOI Services, Second Edition, 2004

“Administrative Law Overview,” in R.B. Termini (Ed.), Food Drug and Medical Device Law: Topics and Cases, FOI Services, First Edition, 2000

Other Professional Publications

“Falling through the Cracks: Genetic Defects and the ADA,” Employment & Labor Law Section Newsletter, Academy of Legal Studies of Business, January 1999, Vol. 1, No. 1.

“The Family and Medical Leave Act in a Nutshell,” Society on Public Administration Education Forum, March 1995, Vol. 5, No. 3.

“Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act: What Every Public Administrator Should Know,” Society on Public Administration Education Forum, September 1992, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Monographs Published

“Philadelphia Sheriff’s Sales of Real Estate: Writs & Wrongs,” published by the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, September 28, 1993; updated November 9, 1995.

“Family and Medical Leave Act: An Update,” published by the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, May 25, 1995.

Paper Presentations at Academic Conferences

"Forms of Business: A Drama in Two Acts," 79th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Ottawa, Canada (August 2004)

"Curricular Enhancement: Writing Assignments for the Legal Environment of Business Course," 78th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, TN (August 2003)

“In the News: The Perfect Class Commencement,” 77th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Las Vegas, NV (July 2002)

“Piercing the FTC Vail: The Impact of the “Vail” Opinion Letter on Employment Harassment Investigations,” 75th Anniversary Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Baltimore, MD (August 2000).

“May It Please the Court: Conducting a Moot Court Exercise in a Business Law Course,” 70th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Saint Louis, MO (August 1999).

“Genetics and the ADA: Into the 21st Century,” 69th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Diego, CA (August 1998).

“Psychiatric Disabilities and the ADA: New Guidance for the Workplace,” 68th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Atlanta, GA (August 1997).

“Defining the Term ‘Disability’ Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” 67th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Quebec, Canada (August 1996).

“The Americans With Disabilities Act v. the National Labor Relations Act: Finding a Reasonable Accommodation,” 66th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Milwaukee, WI (August 1995) (See Section I (B),
supra).

“The Family and Medical Leave Act: The Public Administrator’s Perspective,” 55th National Training Conference of the American Society for Public Administration, Kansas City, MO; abstract published in Proceedings (July 1994).

“Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Workplace: The Challenge for Public Administrators,” 54th National Training Conference of the American Society for Public Administration, San Francisco, CA; abstract published in Proceedings, pp. 31-32 (July 1993).

“Teaching the Concept of Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act,” 16th National Conference on Teaching Public Administration, St. Louis, MO, (March 1993) (See Section I (B), supra).

“Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act: A Business Law Perspective,” 29th Annual Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Baltimore, MD.; part of Symposium, Americans With Disabilities Act: Emerging Legal and Organizational Realities (with Jean P. O’Brien and Donald A. Hantula) abstract published in Proceedings, pg. 45 (May 1992).

“The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990: Implications for Personnel Administration,” 15th National Conference on Teaching Public Administration, Charleston, SC, (February 1992) (See Section I (B), supra).

“Impact on the Workplace of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990,” American Society for Public Administration, Northeast Regional Conference, Rochester, NY (October 1991).

Working Papers

“May It Please the Court: Conducting a Moot Court Exercise in a Business Law Course,” Saint Joseph’s University, Haub School of Business, Working Papers Series, W.P.#01-15 (December 2000)

“Genetics and the ADA: Into the 21st Century,” Saint Joseph’s University, Haub School of Business, Working Paper Series, W.P. #99-5 (February 1999)

“Overview of Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act,” Saint Joseph’s University College of Business and Administration, Working Paper Series, W.P. #15 (October 1991).

Reviews

Employment & Labor Law Quarterly, manuscripts for possible publication (2008)

The Legal Environment of Business, Meiners, Ringleb and Edwards, Thomson/West (for 10th Edition, copyright 2008)

Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 81st Annual Meeting, three (3) student manuscripts for presentation/proceedings (2006)

Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 80th Annual Meeting, three (3) student manuscripts for presentation/proceedings (2005)

Employment & Labor Law Quarterly, manuscript for possible publication (2003)

Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 78th Annual Meeting, three (3) student manuscripts for presentation/proceedings (2003)

Employment Responsibilites and Rights Journal, two (2) manuscripts for possible publication in special issue (2003)

Employment & Labor Law Quarterly, manuscripts for possible publication (2001)

Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, manuscript for possible publication (August 2000)

American Business Law in a Global Context, Prentice Hall (for possible publication 1999)

The Legal Environment of Business, Bixby, Beck-Dudley, Cihon, Prentice Hall (for 1st Edition, copyright 2001)

Employment Law: New Challenges in the Legal Environment, Moran, Prentice Hall (for 2nd Edition, copyright 2000).

Business Law, 2d Edition, Cheeseman, Prentice Hall (for 3rd Edition, copyright 1998).

Business Law Today, 3rd Edition, Miller and Jentz, West Publishing Co. (for 4th Edition, copyright 1997).

Managing in the Legal Environment, 2d Edition, Ringleb, Meiners, Edwards, West Publishing Co. (for 3rd Edition, copyright 1996).

The Legal Environment of Business, 4th Edition, Meiners, Ringleb, Edwards, West Publishing Co. (for 5th Edition, copyright 1994).

Work in Progress

Curricular Enhancement: Learning about the Law in the Real World, to be submitted to JLSE

Wrongful Discharge: Protecting Workers in the 21st Century, to be submitted to Journal of Employment & Labor Law

 

Grants and Awards

  • Faculty Merit Award for Service, 2003-04 & 2012-13
  • Faculty Merit Award for Teaching, 1994-95 & 2009-10
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society, 2008
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, 2002
  • Upper Darby Historical Society Award of the Year, 2001
  • YMCA: Volunteer Recognition Award, 1991 & 1992
  • Northern Home for Children: Humanitarian Award, 1992
  • University of Notre Dame Alumni Association: Hesburgh/Joyce Special Commendation for Philadelphia Alumni Schools Committee, 1989 (decade of service as Chairman)
  • Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia: Award of the Year, 1981; Past President’s Award, 1984
  • Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association: Award of Appreciation, 1987

Research

ADA, FMLA, GINA

Faculty Expert Profile