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Law School Hosts Farewell Reception for Professors John Hennigan and Nicholas Weiskopf

L-R: Professor John P. Hennigan, Dean Michael A. Simons, Professor Nicholas R. Weiskopf
Thursday, May 8, 2014

On Wednesday, May 07, 2014,the Law School faculty gathered for a luncheon reception celebrating the contributions and collegiality of Professors John P. Hennigan and Nicholas R. Weiskopf, who are retiring from the full-time faculty this year. Both professors began their tenure at St. John’s in 1982 and, according to records kept from 1997 to date, have taught 6,843 students collectively.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Hennigan practiced for several years in a major New York City law firm, where his practice focused on business litigation. As an academic, his scholarly interests have included appellate jurisdiction and the legislative process in bankruptcy, among other subjects. As a member of the American Bar Association, he has served as a contributing editor of Preview, a multi-issue subscription publication that provides expert analysis of all cases given plenary review by the U.S. Supreme Court. At St. John’s, Professor Hennigan taught Creditors' Rights, Commercial Transactions, Secured Transactions, and Civil Procedure.

Early in his career, Professor Weiskopf practiced in major New York City law firms, concentrating in the area of commercial litigation. He has served on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on State Legislation and its Committee on Uniform State Laws. His scholarly articles have been published in several notable law reviews and other legal periodicals on topics including contracts, commercial law, commercial arbitration, and securities regulation. The third edition of his textbook, Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice, is being published by Vandeplas Publishing.  At St. John’s Law, Professor Weiskopf taught Contracts, Drafting Legal Instruments, Commercial Arbitration, and a Legal Writing Seminar. 

“The Law School community is truly fortunate to have such dedicated teachers as Professors Hennigan and Weiskopf and, so, their retirement is bittersweet,” said Dean Michael A. Simons. “But they leave an indelible legacy of engaging our students and enriching the Law School community, and we wish them all the best in this next chapter of their lives.”