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About Joshua P Fershee

Joshua P. Fershee is a globally recognized expert in the areas of energy law and policy and business law and entity governance. He has presented his research in Spain, Poland, and the United Kingdom, and he has taught about energy and cyber security in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Fershee has also presented his work to delegations from multiple countries, including Lithuania, Brazil, South Africa, Mongolia, Ukraine, Colombia, and Indonesia, about the economic, environmental, and social opportunities and challenges related to shale oil and gas development. Before joining West Virginia University College of Law, he served as Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of North Dakota School of Law, and prior to that, he practiced law in New York City and Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Business Law Review Online, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, and the Energy Law Journal. He is also the author of two case books, Energy Law, A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press) and Unincorporated Business Entities (5th ed.) (LexisNexus) and has a book chapter forthcoming in Oxford University Press. Professor Fershee received his JD magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review.


Present Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development, West Virginia University
Present Professor of Law, West Virginia University

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Energy Law & Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing Law & Regulation, Business Organizations, Entity Governance, and Climate & Renewable Energy Policy

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Contact Information

Joshua P. Fershee
Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development
Professor of Law
West Virginia University College of Law
PO Box 6130
Morgantown, WV 26506-6130
phone: (304) 293-2868


Energy and Utilities Law (11)

Law and Society (5)

Environmental Law (9)