William J. McDevitt, Esq.

Associate Professor
Discipline Taught: Managing Human Capital
Office: Mandeville Hall 377
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
  • Safe Environment Task Force, 2012 - Present
  • Advisory Board on Faculty Compensation, 2013 - Present; Co-Chair 2013 - Present
  • Honors Program Advisory Committee, 1999-Present
  • Board on Athletic Policy, 2006-2012
  • W.W. Smith Scholarship Committee, 1992-1996, 1998, 2000-Present
  • Hearing Committee, 1998-2001, 2009-2010
  • GEP Implementation, Curriculum Working Group, Writing Intensive Courses, 2009-2010
  • Advising Notes Task Force, 2009
  • Troubling Behavior in the Classroom: How Faculty Members Can Help, Panalist, 2009
  • Comprehensive Curriculum Review Committee, Concentrations Working Group, 2004-2007
  • Advisory Board on Faculty Compensation, 2006-2007
  • Commission on Status of Women, 2006
  • Director of Residence Life Search Committee, 2006
  • NCAA Recertification, Governance and Rules Complicance subcommittee, 2005-2006
  • Grievance Committee, 1997-2000, 2003-2006
  • Faculty Review Board, 2002-2005
  • University Council, 1999-2000, 2001-2005
  • University Council Executive Committee, 2002-2003
  • Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Feasibility of the Diversity Requirement, 2001-Present
  • Honors Program Advisory Committee, 1999-Present
  • Law Professions Advisory Committee, 1997-2005
  • Middle States Taskforce II (Leadership, Governance Administration), 2003
  • Institutional Planning Committee, 1995-2002
  • Annual Fund Committee (Faculty), 1999-2001
  • Hearing Committee, 1998-2001
  • Grievance Committee, 1997-2000
  • 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
  • W.W. Smith Scholarship Committee, 1992-1996, 1998, 2000-02
  • New Faculty Orientation, 1999-2001
  • Freshman Academic Orientation, 1997 - 2002
  • Graduation Marshall, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000-2002
  • Scholarship and Student Financial Aid Committee, 1991-1999
  • Graduation Name Reader, 1999
  • Faculty Policy and Procedures Committee, 1992-1994; Chair, Subcommittee on Racial Abuse and Harassment Policy, 1992-1993
  • 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, 1997-1998
  • Task Force on Administrative/Staff Representation on University Council,1995-1996
  • Law & Court Administration Program Director, 1991-1995
  • Multi-Cultural Mentor Program, 1991-1992

B. HAUB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

  • HSB Executive MBA Admissions Committee, 2008-Present
  • HSB MBA Admissions Committee, 2008-2010
  • HSB Academic Development Committee, 1995-2003, 2006-Present; Chair, Subcommittee on Mentoring Untenured Faculty, 2010-2012
  • HSB Working Paper Series, 2012 - Present
  • HSB Human Resources Admissions Committee, 2003-2007
  • HSB Career Development Advisory Committee, 2000-2007
  • 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-Present
  • 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

  • HSB Executive MBA Admission Committee, 2008-09
  • HSB MBA Admissions Committee, 2008-09
  • Executive Programs Committee, 2008-09
  • Department Program Review Author, 2008-09
  • HSB Academic Development Committee, 1995-2003, 2006-Present
  • HSB Human Resources Admissions Committee, 2003-2007
  • HSB Career Development Advisory Committee, 2000-2007
  • HSB Strategic Planning Committtee, 2003-2006
  • Department Chair, 2000-2006
  • Faculty Recruitment Committees, 2000-Present
  • MBA Information Night Representative, 1993-Present
  • Advising students majoring in Management, 1992-Present
  • Advising transfer students, 2000-present
  • Communications Committee, Chair, 1992-1999
  • Represent Department at Admissions Office Open House, 1995 Present
  • 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 (President)
  • 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.
  • Philadelphia Food Bank, 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): participated in letter writing campaigns for lawyers arrested around the world for political expression.
  • Law Day Commemoration, Bywood Elementary School, 1995: organized mock trial of Goldilocks by elementary school students.
  • St. Andrew the Apostle Lector, 1990-Present (Coordinator, 1996-Present)
  • St. John the Baptist Parish Council, 1984-1986 (President, 1985-86)
  • St. John the Baptist Restoration Implementation Committee, Chairman, 1984 - 86
  • 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); umbrella organization for community groups in Northwest Philadelphia.
  • Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association, 1983-1987 (President, 1985-87): 75 member nonprofit corporation representing community interests
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Delaware County Bar Association, 1993-Present
  • NASD Dispute Resolution, 1998-2007
  • American Arbitration Association, 1976-2004 American Association of University Professors, 1997-Present (Secretary/Treasurer, St. Joseph’s University Chapter, 1997-2000, 2002-Present)

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.
  • 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

  • "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), pp. 245-262
  • "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, Sixth Edition, 2013
  • "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

  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 84th (2009), 85th (2012) and 88th (2013) Annual Meetings, student manuscripts for presentation/proceedings
  • 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

  • GINA Regs: An Explanation (to be submitted to Midwest Law Review)
  • In the News: The Perfect Class Commencement (to be submitted to Atlantic Law Journal)

Grants and Awards

  • Faculty Merit Award for Service, 2012 - 13
  • Faculty Merit Award for Teaching, 2009 - 10
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society, 2008
  • Faculty Merit Award for Service, 2003-04
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, 2002
  • Upper Darby Historical Society Award of the Year, 2001
  • Faculty Merit Award for Teaching, 1994 - 95
  • 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

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