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Professor George Mocsary

George MocsaryBefore joining the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Law as an Assistant Professor, George A. Mocsary spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He entered academia after having practiced 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. Before going to law school, Professor Mocsary earned his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and ran a successful management consulting practice. His consulting clients ranged from the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, to JPMorgan Chase, to the private bank Pictet and Cie in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Mocsary also holds a B.E. from the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Professor Mocsary is a co-author of Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers, 2012), 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.

Professor Mocsary also teaches a Senior Writing Seminar on Firearms Law and the Second Amendment at the SIU School of Law.

Professor Mocsary's work on the Second Amendment includes:

LAW JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • A Close Reading of an Excellent Distant Reading of Heller in the Courts, 68 DUKE L.J. ONLINE 41 (2018).
  • Guns, Bird Feathers, and Overcriminalization: Why Courts Should Take the Second Amendment Seriously, 14 GEO. J. L. & PUB. POL'Y 17 (2016) (with Robert J. Cottrol)
    - cited in Kolbe v. Hogan, 849 F.3d 114, 154 (4th Cir. 2017) (Traxler, J., dissenting).
  • Insuring Against Guns?, 46 CONN. L. REV. 1209 (2014) (lead symposium article).
  • "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 GEO. MASON L. REV. 823 (2010) (with Clayton E. Cramer & Nicholas J. Johnson).
    - 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).

BOOKS AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • 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).
  • 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

  • States have a constitutional duty to recognize gun rights nationwide, THE HILL (Dec. 27, 2017), http://thehill.com/opinion/i nternational/366599-states-have-a-constitutional-duty-to-recognize-gun-rights-nationwide (with Rafael Mangual).
  • Defying the Supreme Court in Kolbe v. Hogan, LIBR. L. & LIBERTY (Dec. 20, 2017), www.libertylawsite.org/2017/12/20/defying-the-supreme-court-in-kolbe-v-hogan.
  • Are There Guns in Mayberry?, LIBR. L. & LIBERTY (Oct. 17, 2016), http://www.libertylawsite.org/book-review/arethere-guns-in-mayberry/ (reviewing JENNIFER CARLSON, CITIZEN-PROTECTORS: THE EVERYDAY POLITICS OF GUNS IN AN AGE OF DECLINE (2015)).
  • 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)).