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John Feldmeier

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


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John P. Feldmeier is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law, where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure. He also is a Professor at Wright State University, where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Civil Liberties, Moot Court, and Public Ethics.

Dr. Feldmeier has co-authored three books and has published a number of law review articles, book chapters, and journal articles. As an attorney, Dr. Feldmeier practiced in the areas of First Amendment rights, criminal defense, and civil rights. He served as co-counsel for the Free Speech Coalition before the United States Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, where the Court struck down a federal statute seeking to criminalize expression in cyberspace and other forms of virtual reality. Dr. Feldmeier testified before Congress regarding the legal viability of the PROTECT Act. And he prepared an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in the U.S. Supreme Court case of United States v. Williams. Members of the Court used illustrations from the amicus brief during oral argument and cited portions of the brief in both the majority and dissenting opinions.

Dr. Feldmeier also has argued several cases before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Ohio courts of appeal. In addition, Dr. Feldmeier has served as a trial attorney, representing hundreds of clients in criminal and civil rights cases in the U.S. District Courts and Ohio trial courts.

Dr. Feldmeier obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio Dominican College, graduating magna cum laude with honors. He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School, where he served and published on the law review and competed nationally as a member of the Civil Rights Moot Court team. After law school, he received his Ph.D. from Miami University, where his 1996 dissertation forecasted federalism implications for interstate recognition of same-sex marriage under the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

Dr. Feldmeier resides in Cincinnati, with his wife, Melissa, and his two children, Emma and Jack. He enjoys playing in recreational softball and basketball leagues, as well as coaching his children’s sports teams.


B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, Ohio Dominican College

J.D., Capital University Law School

Ph.D., Miami University