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John M. Czarnetzky

Professor Czarnetzky is the Mitchell McNutt & Sams and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr. lecture in law.  He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1982, Chemistry) where he played football, and the University of Virginia (J.D., 1989), where he did not; he was, however, an Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review, and editor of the Virginia Journal of Environmental Law.  Prior to law school, Professor Czarnetzky was an officer in the United States Army where he was a chemical officer working as an intelligence analyst.  After law school, he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law with Sidley & Austin in Chicago, and McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe in Richmond, Virginia.

Czarnetzky joined the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1994, and has taught courses in  bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, secured transactions, civil procedure, business associations, international trade, and several undergraduate courses at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, with which he helped establish a relationship with the law school.  Professor Czarnetzky previously directed the law school’s Cambridge Summer Session for eight years.

Professor Czarnetzky has been honored  as outstanding professor three times by the student body (once shared with Professor Weems).  Along with the director, Professor Bullard, Professor Czarnetzky is an adviser to the Business Law Institute, an innovative collaboration between students and faculty which aims to give students multiple opportunities to develop their skills in corporate, commercial, tax and business law.  Professor Czarnetzky has served as adviser to several other student organizations, including co-founding (with Professor Rychlak) the St. Thomas More society.

Professor Czarnetzky serves as a legal adviser to the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations, along with Professor Rychlak.  In that capacity, he has represented the Holy See in negotiations including the establishment of the International Criminal Court and several international treaties, including one on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Professor Czarnetzky’s scholarly interests are bankruptcy, commercial and international law, the last growing out of his work with the Holy See.  Professor Czarnetzky has published in several law journals, including Notre Dame Law Review, Fordham Law Review and Arizona State Law Journal.  Professor Czarnetzky’s scholarship also has explored the intersection of Catholic social theory and American corporate and commercial law.

Professor Czarnetzky and his wife, Sylvia Robertshaw Czarnetzky, reside in Cleveland, Mississippi.