Reverend John J. Coughlin, O.F.M., Professor of Law, joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 2003. He had previously taught law at St. John?s University School of Law. He teaches in the areas of professional responsibility, canon law, marriage, and legal ethics.
Fr. Coughlin was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Order of Friars Minor (Francisans) in 1983 and served as an Associate Pastor of St. Stephen’s Church in Manhattan. He earned his master’s degree in theology (Th.M.) from Princeton Seminary in 1984, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987, and his license and doctorate of canon law, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in 1990 and 1994, respectively.
A member of the New York bar, Fr. Coughlin clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Altimari on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His past professional accomplishments include serving as general counsel of St. Bonaventure University, legal and canonical counsel to the Holy Name Province of Franciscan Friars in New York, professor of canon law and spiritual director of St. Joseph’s Seminary, judge in the Appeals Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York, vicar of canonical and legal aspects of health care, and member of the boards of several Catholic hospitals and educational institutions. During the summer of 1998, Father Coughlin was a member of the delegation of the Holy See to the United Nations treaty conference that established the International Criminal Court.