John M. Bickers
Professor of Law
"After retiring as an Army Judge Advocate, I was honored and delighted to have the opportunity to come to Chase. To be a part of a community like this one, with both full and part-time students becoming exceptional lawyers, is a rare gift. Chase students are impressive in the dedication they bring to learning, and they demonstrate in the classroom skills that will soon be a real asset for their clients."
Before arriving at Chase in 2006, John Bickers served in the Army for more than two decades. A Judge Advocate for most of his career (after a brief stint in tanks), he has been a prosecutor, a defense counsel, and administrative law attorney, a manager of a law office in Germany, and a teacher at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Professor Bickers earned an A.B. from Cornell University, where he majored in history. Later he received a J.D. from the University of Michigan, and still later an LL.M. from Georgetown. He teaches Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility.
His research interests include Constitutional history and fantasy football, although he has never published on the latter. A plurality of the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit have approvingly quoted his writing.
Coach, high school debate team; active in organizing high school debate at the statewide level.
- AB History, Cornell University
- JD, The University of Michigan Law School
- LLM, Georgetown University Law Center
- Constitutional Law I
- Constitutional Law II
- Professional Responsibility
Two Figures in the Picture: How an Old Legal Practice Might Solve the Puzzle of Lost Punitive Damages in Legal Malpractice, 35 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 35 (2014) SSRN
Standing on Holy Ground: How Rethinking Justiciability Might Bring Peace to the Establishment Clause, 60 Cleveland St. L. Rev 415 (2012) SSRN
Too Little, Too Late? Why President Obama's Well-Intentioned Reforms of the Military Commissions May Not Be Enough to Save Them, 31 Whittier L. Rev. 381 (2010) Hein Online
With T. Bakken and R. Goldstein, GUIDE TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN NEW YORK, Wadsworth Publishing (2005)
Military Commissions Are Constitutionally Sound: A Response To Professors Katyal And Tribe, 34 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 899 (2003) Hein Online
Warrior Generals Combat Leadership In The Civil War, 158 Mil. L. Rev. 164 (1998) Hein Online
Speaking Engagements and Recognitions
Interviewed in a story about the same-sex marriage cases, Fox 19 News, http://bit.ly/1G8MrjW. (December 2014)
Panelist, Kentucky Tonight: “Foreign Policy,” KET-TV. (December 8, 2014)
Presenter, Using a Wok: How Non-Bar Tested Electives Can Teach Lawyering, LegalED Conference on Igniting Law Teaching, American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (April 2014)
Presenter, The Supreme Court: Year in Review, General Counsel Conference, TRICARE Military Health System General Management Agency, Washington, DC (March 2013)
Presenter, Forever Free: The Constitutionality of the Emancipation Proclamation, Six @ Six Lecture Series, Cincinnati Mercantile Library, Cincinnati, OH (September 2012)
Panelist, Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy, PBS: Kentucky Tonight, on-air broadcast (June 3, 2013)
Panelist, The Constitutionality of the Smoke-Free Kentucky Act, Kentucky House Judiciary Committee, Frankfort, KY (March 2013)
2013 Faculty Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching, Northern Kentucky University