John P. Feldmeier, Ph.D.

Sch of Social Sci's & Int'l Studies
Professor, Political Science
Allyn Hall 329, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

John P. Feldmeier is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wright State University, where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Public Ethics.  He also is an attorney in Cincinnati.   

John began his career with the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, a public employees union in Ohio, where he represented employees in labor arbitrations and advised parties on their rights under collective bargaining agreements.  Later, John served as an attorney with the Ohio Ethics Commission, where he advised public officials on their ethical duties under Ohio law.  In 1997, John joined the law firm of Sirkin, Pinales, Mezibov & Schwartz, where he practiced in the areas of First Amendment rights, criminal defense, and civil rights. As an attorney, John served as co-counsel for the Free Speech Coalition before the United States Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. The Free Speech Coalition (2002), a case in which the Court struck down portions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996.  He testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the constitutional defects of the PROTECT Act, a House bill seeking to regulate sexual expression.  He also has argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court in matters involving a murder indictment, sexual offender registration requirements, and Ohio’s attorney client privilege. ohn obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio Dominican College, graduating magna cum laude with honors.  He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School, where he served and published on the law review and competed nationally as a member of the Civil Rights Moot Court team.  After law school, he received his Ph.D. from Miami University.John is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the Supreme Court of Ohio; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, and all courts in the State of Ohio.Pre-Law Advisor (put in link to Pre-Law Information)

Areas of Expertise:

  • American Politics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
  • Criminal Justice
  • American Federalism
  • Legal Ethics

Courses Taught

  • PLS 2120 - American National Government
  • PLS/REL - 3150 - Politics and Religion
  • PLS 3400 - Law and Society
  • PLS 3420 - Civil Liberties I: The First Amendment
  • PLS 3430 - Civil Liberties II: Due Process & Equal Protection
  • PLS 3990 - Legal Ethics: The Attorney-Client Privilege
  • PLS 3990 - The Supreme Court in American Politics
  • PLS 3990 - Moot Court
  • PLS 3990 - Politics and Ethics
  • PLS 4360 - Criminal Law
  • PLS 4370 - Criminal Procedure
  • PLS 4400 - Constitutional Law
  • PLS 4420 - Criminal Justice System
  • PLS 4430 - Administrative Law

Education History

  • B.A., 1988, Ohio Dominican College
  • J.D., 1991, Capital University
  • M.A., 1993, Miami University
  • Ph.D., 1996, Miami University
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