Kendra Fershee, JD
Kendra Fershee, JD

Kendra Fershee, JD

Professor
School of Law

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Law

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • School of Law

Biography


Professor Kendra Huard Fershee joined the faculty at Creighton University School of Law in 2019, where she teaches family law courses and Professional Responsibility. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Tulane Law School, where she served as the Senior Managing Editor of Tulane Law Review. She also represented her class to the Dean’s Advisory Council for all three years of law school and served as a Senior Fellow in the Legal Research and Writing curriculum during her third year.

Following law school, Professor Fershee practiced commercial litigation for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, NY, and Washington, D.C. She then spent a year teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing at Penn State Dickinson School of Law in State College, Pennsylvania. After her year at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Professor Fershee taught at the University of North Dakota School of Law for five years, where she taught Lawyering Skills, Employment Discrimination, and Advanced Trial Advocacy. She moved from North Dakota to West Virginia to teach family law courses, Civil Procedure - Jurisdiction, and Professional Responsibility from 2012-2019. Prof. Fershee also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at West Virginia University from 2015-2018.

Prof. Fershee writes about issues affecting young parents, such as access to education, custody issues, and the process of termination of parental rights for all parents. She has served as the Editor in Chief of the Family Law Quarterly, a journal that explores family law issues from a scholarly and practical perspective, since 2015. 
Before law school, Professor Fershee had a career in political organizing. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with a double major in Communications and Political Science, she worked for a non-profit political organization in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California for five years, primarily focusing on access to public education and First Amendment rights. In 2018, Prof. Fershee brought her two passions of policy and law together when she ran for Congress as the Democratic nominee for the First District of West Virginia.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Kendra Huard Fershee, Lifting the Burden: Protecting Parental Rights in West Virginia, 117 W. Va. L. Rev. Online 29, 2015
  • Kendra Huard Fershee, The Prima Facie Parent: Implementing a Simple, Fair, and Efficient Standing Test in Courts Considering Custody Disputes by Unmarried Gay or Lesbian Parents, 48 Fam. L.Q. 435, 2014
  • Kendra Huard Fershee, The Parent Trap: The Unconstitutional Severing of Parental Rights Without Due Process of Law, 30 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 639, 2014
  • Kendra Huard Fershee, A Parent Is a Parent, No Matter How Small, 18 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 425, 2012