John Coverdale

John Coverdale

Professor of Law

  • Degrees:

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • J.D., University of Chicago
  • M.A., University of Navarre
  • B.A., Lateran University
  • Contact:

  • Tel:  973-642-8560
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Taxation of Partnerships and LLC's
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Catholic Social Doctrine
  • Estate and Gift Tax

John Coverdale

John Coverdale

Professor of Law

Professor John Coverdale specializes in federal and state tax law and in the interplay of law and catholic social thought.

Professor Coverdale received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the Lateran University. He received his M.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Navarre and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. From 1971 to 1983, he taught History at Princeton and Northwestern Universities. In 1984, he received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Antonin Scalia, now Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was an attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, Washington, D.C., before coming to Seton Hall in 1993. He has published in the area of 19th and 20th Century Spanish history as well as in taxation, administrative law, catholic social thought, and just war theory.



Legislating in the Dark: How Congress Regulates Tax Exempt Organizations in Ignorance, 44 U. Richmond Law Review 809 (2010)

An Introduction to the Just War Tradition, 16 Pace Int'l L. Rev. 221 (2004)

Court Review of Treasury Regulations after Christensen and Mead, 55 Administrative Law Review 39 (2003)

Chevron's Reduced Domain: Judicial Review of Treasury Regulations and Revenue Rulings After Mead, 55 Administrative Law Review 39 (2003)

Remedies For Unconstitutional State Taxes, 32 Conn. Law Review 73 (1999)

Missing Persons. Children in the Tax Treatment of Marriage, 48 Case Western Reserve Law Review 475 (1998)

Preventing Insider Misappropriation of the Assets of Not-for-Profit Health Care Providers. A Tax Law Prescription, 73 Washington Law Review 1 (1998)

Words as Law: A Decent Respect for the Code, 71 Tulane Law Review 1501 (1997)

The Flat Tax is Not a Fair Tax, 20 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 285 (1996)

Court Review of Tax Regulations and Revenue Rulings in the Chevron Era, 64 George Washington Law Review 35 (1995)


Putting Down Roots: Father Joseph Muzquiz and the Growth of Opus Dei, Scepter Publishers (2009)

Uncommon Courage: The Early History of Opus Dei (1928-1943), Scepter Publishers (2002)