John Coverdale

Professor John Coverdale

Emeritus Professor

  • Degrees:

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

  • [email protected]
  • Tel: 973-642-8560
  • Courses:

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

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)

The Normative Justification for Tax Exemption: Elements From Catholic Social Thought, 40 Seton Hall L. Rev. 889 (2010)

Why the Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line, 45 J. Cath. Leg. Stud. 473 (2006)

The Legacy of John Paul II to Lawyers, 36 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1 (2005)

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

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

Court Review of Treasury Regulations after Christensen and 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)

Response to Professor Jensen, 72 Tulane L. Rev. 1759 (1998)

Text as Limit.  A Plea for a Decent Respect for the Tax Code, 71 Tulane L. Rev. 1501 (1997)

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 Legis. J. 279 (1996)

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

Trademarks and Generic Words: An Effect on Competition Analysis, 51 U. Chi. L. Rev. 868 (1984)


Saxum. The Life of Alvaro del Portillo, Scepter Publishers, New York (2014)

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)

The Basque Phase of Spain’s First Carlist War, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ (1984)

The Political Transformation of Spain After Franco, Praeger Publishers, New York, NY (1979)

Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ (1975)


An American Pioneer.  José María González Barredo and the Beginnings of Opus Dei in the United States, in Studia et Documenta, Rome (forthcoming)

Alvaro del Portillo in the History of Opus Dei, in Vir Fidelis Multum Laudabitur Nel Centenario della Nascita di Mons, Rome, Pablo Gafell, Ed. (2014)

Inflation and the Democratic Transition in Spain, in Leon Lindberg Ed., Democracy, Political Change and Inflation in the Euro-Atlantic Area (1985)

The Elections in the Basque Country, in Howard Penniman Ed., Spain at the Polls (1985)

Regional Challenges to the Nation-State: The Case of Spain, in Arthur Cyr Ed., The State in Europe, Chicago, IL (1977)

Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy, in International Affairs, London, UK, 615-630 (1977)

The Battle of Guadalajara, in Journal of Contemporary History, 1, 53-75 (1974)

I primi volontari italiani nell’esercito di Franco, in Storia Contemporanea, II, 3, 545-554 (1971)