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About John G. Culhane

John Culhane is Professor of Law, H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law, and Co-Director of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at Widener University School of Law, and a contributing writer for Slate Magazine.

He is co-author of “Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies,” editor and a contributor to “Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates: A Public Health Perspective,” and the author of some three dozen law review articles on a wide range of topics, including: the rights of LGBT couples, compensation of victims of mass disasters; the public health implications of such disparate issues as sports-related concussions, bullying, same-sex marriages, and vaccine compensation policy, and a wide range of tort law issues (including informed consent, product liability, and educational malpractice). He is currently completing a book about the history and possible future of various new forms of legal statuses, including civil unions and domestic partnerships, and working with colleague Alicia Kelly on a digital casebook replacement for Family Law. 

In addition to Slate, Professor Culhane’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, the Huffington Post (where he is an occasional blogger), Dissent Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia City Paper, and in many other news outlets. He has been featured on a number of radio and television shows, including All Things Considered, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, America Weekend, Press Play with Madeleine Brand, American Law Journal, Voice of America, Midday with Dan Rodricks, The Mitch Albom Show, and The Gil Gross Show. He appears in the feature-length documentary “America Betrayed”, where he discusses the disparate treatment given to victims of the September 11 terrorist attack and those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

He has thrice won the Outstanding Faculty award at Widener, and has twice received the Douglas E. Ray Scholarship Award. He is co-chair of Widener’s LGBT Task Force and a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s Way. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Equality Delaware.

Before coming to Widener in 1987, Professor Culhane was an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review. He then clerked for the Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin, in federal district court in New York City, before working for the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon and Reindel. From 1986-87, he was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.


Present Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School

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Widener University School of Law
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803

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