Nicholas P. Cafardi holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a
Doctor of Canon Law degree from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He has
served as General Counsel for Pittsburgh’s two largest Catholic organizations: The
Diocese of Pittsburgh itself and Duquesne University. He is a former assistant dean at
the University of Pittsburgh Law School and a former Dean of Duquesne University School
of Law. Cafardi was the founding chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Commission on
Racial and Gender Bias and was a guiding co-author of its massive Report on Racial and
Gender Bias in the Justice System. Cafardi was also an original member of the United
States Catholic Bishops’ National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth
and served as its chair from 2004-2005. He is also a co-author of the National Review
Board’s Report on the Crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States. Cafardi is one
of the foremost lay canon lawyers in the United States. He is the co-author with Cardinal
Adam Maida of Detroit of Church Property, Church Finances and Church Related
Corporations, which is the basic book in its field. Cafardi is also the author of Before
Dallas, published by Paulist Press in 2008, a history of the child sexual abuse crisis in
the American church. As a canon lawyer, Cafardi has represented dioceses, archdioceses
and religious orders across the nation. He is the founder of Duquesne Law School’s Summer
Study of Law at the Vatican, and taught the canon law course in that program for a
decade. Cafardi is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the Canon Law
Society of America. In additional to his canonical expertise, Cafardi is also an
acknowledged authority in the law of nonprofit, tax exempt organizations. His casebook,
Tax Exempt Organizations, and his hornbook, Understanding Nonprofit and Tax Exempt
Organizations, both co-authored with Professor Jaclyn Cherry of the University of South
Carolina Law School, are published by LexisNexis. 

At the Law School, Cafardi teaches the first year course in Legal Process and Procedure,
and upper level courses in Family Law, Tax Exempt Organizations and Canon Law. Cafardi is
currently serving as the elected President of the Faculty Senate of Duquesne University.



Understanding nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (with Jaclyn F. Cherry) (2012)

Forthcoming 2012



Before Dallas : the U.S. Bishops' response to clergy sexual abuse of children (2008)

From Contents: The canonical crime of the sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric...



Tax exempt organizations : cases and materials (with Jaclyn F. Cherry) (2008)

Contributions to Books


Legal issues for ethics committees (with Furton James, Cataldo J. Peter, and Moraczewski S. Albert), Catholic health care ethics : (2009)


Legal issues for ethics committees (with James Furton, Peter J. Cataldo, and Albert S. Moraczewski), Catholic health care ethics : a manual for practitioners (2009)


Canonical concerns in Catholic health Care : proceedings of the Fourteenth Bishops' Workshop, Dallas, Texas (with Russell E. Smith), The splendor of truth and health care (1995)