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John Baptist Attanasio, American dean, law educator. Bar: Maryland 1979, United States District Court Maryland 1980, United States Court Appeals (4th circuit) 1980, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1983. Recipient Fulbright Award, 1990, Legal Teaching award School of Law, New York University, 1994.


Attanasio, John Baptist was born on October 19, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. Son of Gaetano and Madeline (Germinario) Attanasio.


University of Virginia (Bachelor of Arts, 1976). New York University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1979). University of Oxford (Diploma in Law, 1982).

Yale University (Master of Laws, 1985).


Private practice, Baltimore, 1979-1981. Visiting assistant professor law University Pittsburgh, 1982-1984. Associate professor law University Notre Dame, Indiana, 1985-1988, professor law, 1988-1992.

Regan director Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, 1991-1992. Dean School of Law St. Louis University, 1992-1998. Judge James Noel dean, professional law and Judge William Hawley Atwell chair constitutional law Southern Methodist University Dedman School Law, Dallas, since 1998.

Principal investigator Rule of Law Forum.


  • Bar: Maryland. 1979, United States District Court Maryland. 1980, United States Court Appeals (4th circuit) 1980, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1983.



Chair advisory board Center for Civil and Human Rights, 1990-1992. Member Fulbright awards area committee, 1994-1996. Board directors Legal Services Eastern Missouri, 1996-1998.

Board directors Center for International. Member Law School Advisory Committee, Access to Justice Communications. Member American Bar Association (chair out-of-the-box committee, legal education section, member fellows advisory research committee), Dallas Bar association (council member), Central States Law School Association (vice president 1992-1994), Society International Business Fellows, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu.


Married Kathleen Mary Spartana, August 20, 1977. Children: Thomas, Michael.

Gaetano Attanasio

Madeline (Germinario) Attanasio

Kathleen Mary Spartana

Thomas Attanasio

Michael Attanasio