John Attanasio

Title: Retired Law Educator
Company: SMU Dedman School of Law
New York, New York, United States

John Attanasio, Retired Law Educator at SMU Dedman School of Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal education.

Since 1998, Mr. Attanasio has held the Judge William Hawley Atwell Chair of Constitutional Law at SMU Dedman School of Law, and previously held the title of Judge James Noel Dean from 2008 to 2013. He was inspired to enter the law to help people, especially the less fortunate, and is most proud of his work with the Rule of Law Forum at the Supreme Court Summit. Mr. Attanasio also has an upcoming book from Oxford University Press, and is notable for being the first Fulbright Award winner to teach American Constitutional law in the Soviet Union in 1990. He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An alumnus of the University of Virginia, Mr. Attanasio earned a BA in 1976 and went on to a JD from New York University in 1979. He opened his first private practice in Baltimore, MD, and went on to earn a diploma in law from Oxford University before teaching at the University of Pittsburgh Mr. Attanasio completed a LLM from Yale University in 1985, and has taught with the University of Notre Dame, serving as the John M. Regan Junior Director for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He became a dean of Saint Louis University from 1992 to 1998 before joining SMU Dedman.

Mr. Attanasio has served numerous judiciary committees, and is currently on the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the committee’s advisory committee. He has volunteered for groups like the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Mr. Attanasio is the co-author of “Constitutional Law” and “Understanding Constitutional Law.” After winning the Fulbright Award, he earned a 1994 Legal Teaching Award from the School of Law at New York University, as well as a 2013 to 2014 term as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the school. He is a member of numerous legal societies, including the international law and practice council of the American Bar Association, and the education committee of the Appellate Judges Education Institute at Duke Law.

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