George Mocsary

George Mocsary

George Mocsary joined the University of Wyoming in July 2019. Prior to his appointment at Wyoming, he served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the Southern Illinois University School of Law and spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He entered academia after practicing corporate and bankruptcy law at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Harris L. Hartz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Professor Mocsary holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School where he graduated first in his class and summa cum laude. He also served as Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review and was the recipient of the Benjamin Finkel Prize for Excellence in Bankruptcy and Fordham Law Alumni Association Medal in Constitutional Law. Professor Mocsary earned his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and ran a successful management consulting practice. 

Professor Mocsary is a co-author of Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (3rd ed. 2021), the first casebook on its topic. He has also published in the George Washington Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and other journals. His work has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Law Journal Articles

Expressive Trading, Hypermateriality, and Insider Trading, 22 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. (forthcoming 2022) (with John P. Anderson & Jeremy L. Kidd). (link)

Social Media, Securities Markets, and the Phenomenon of Expressive Trading, 25 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1223 (2022) (with John P. Anderson & Jeremy L. Kidd). (link)

A Brief History of Public Carry in Wyoming, 21 Wyo. L. Rev. 341 (2021) (with Debora A. Person). (link)
Errors of Omission: Words Missing from the Ninth Circuit’s Young v. State of Hawaii, 2021 U. Ill. L. Rev. Online 172 (with David B. Kopel). (link)

Public Perceptions of Insider Trading (forthcoming) (with John P. Anderson and Jeremy L. Kidd). (link)

A Close Reading of an Excellent Distant Reading of Heller in the Courts, 67 Duke L.J. Online 41. (link)

Insuring the Unthinkable, New Appleman on Ins.: Current Critical Issues in Ins. L. 1 (Spring 2018) (lead article). (link)

Freedom of Corporate Purpose, 2016 BYU L. Rev. 1319 (2017) (lead article). (link)

Guns, Bird Feathers, and Overcriminalization: Why Courts Should Take the Second Amendment Seriously, 14 J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 17 (2016) (with Robert J. Cottrol).  (link)

  • Cited in Kolbe v. Hogan, 849 F.3d 114, 154 (4th Cir. 2017) (Traxler, J., dissenting).

Insuring Against Guns?, 46 L. Rev. 1209 (2014) (lead symposium article). (link)

The Embedded Firm: Corporate Governance, Labor, and Finance Capitalism—Commentary, 3 , Econ. & L. 123 (2014) (peer reviewed essay on incentive issues in corporate governance as they relate to corporate purpose, based on participation in a symposium discussion panel on The Embedded Firm: Corporate Governance, Labor, and Finance Capitalism (Cynthia A. Williams & Peer Zumbansen eds., 2011)).  (link)

Statistically Insignificant Deaths: Disclosing Drug Harms to Investors (and Patients) Under SEC Rule 10b-5, 82 Wash. L. Rev. 111 (2013).  (link)

“This Right Is Not Allowed by Governments That Are Afraid of the People”: The Public Meaning of the Second Amendment When the Fourteenth Amendment Was Ratified, 17 George Mason L. Rev. 823 (2010) (with Clayton E. Cramer & Nicholas J. Johnson) (link).

  • Cited in McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742, 773 n.21, 776 n.25, 780 (2010).
  • Cited in Ezell v. City of Chicago, 651 F.3d 684, 702 n.11 (7th Cir. 2011).

Note, Explaining Away the Obvious: The Infeasibility of Characterizing the Second Amendment as a Nonindividual Right, 76 Fordham L. Rev. 2113 (2008).  (link)

Books and Supplements

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy online chs. 12-16 (3rd ed. 2021) (with Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel, E. Gregory Wallace & Donald E. Kilmer). (link)

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (2d ed. 2017) (with Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel & Michael P. O’Shea).

Cited in Illinois v. Chairez, 2018 IL 121417, at 7 n.3 (Ill. Feb. 1, 2018).

2015 Supplement for Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (2015) (with Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel & Michael P. O’Shea).

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy online chs. 12-15 (2014) (with Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel & Michael P. O’Shea).  (link)

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (2012) (with Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel & Michael P. O’Shea) (first casebook on firearms law).

  • Cited in Drake v. Filko, 724 F.3d 426, 441 n.3, 441 n.5, 442 (3d Cir. 2013) (Hardiman, J., dissenting).
  • Cited in Heller v. District of Columbia, 670 F.3d 1244, 1287 (D.C. Cir. 2011) (Kavanaugh, J., dissenting).

Other Articles

Imposing the DNR, L.&Liberty (June8, 2020),

Competition for the First Amendment—Teaching Firearms Law and the Second Amendment, Second Thoughts (Jul. 8, 2019),

States have a constitutional duty to recognize gun rights nationwide, The Hill (Dec. 27, 2017), (with Rafael Mangual).

Defying the Supreme Court in Kolbe v. Hogan, L. & Liberty (Dec. 20, 2017),

Are There Guns in Mayberry?, L. & Liberty (Oct. 17, 2016), (reviewing Jennifer Carlson, Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (2015)).

Incentive Engineering, L. & Liberty (July 27, 2015), (reviewing Robert D. Cooter & Arial Porat, Getting Incentives Right: Improving Torts, Contracts, and Restitution (2014)).

Shareholder Wealth Maximization: A Response to Cynthia Williams, L. & Liberty (Feb. 20, 2014),

Why the Corporation Is Not Merely a Nexus of Contracts: A Response to Alexei Marcoux, L. & Liberty (Dec. 20, 2013),

The Future of Shareholder Wealth Maximization, L. & Liberty (Dec. 2, 2013),

Monopoly of Violence, Claremont Rev. of Books, Summer 2010, at 46 (reviewing Robert H. Churchill, To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant’s Face (2008)). (link)


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