About Jim

James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D, has spent 30 years practicing, writing about, and teaching law. He has been a law professor at several institutions, and a communication specialist for the United States Coast Guard and at an R1 university. He also has been a management-side labor lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm and the general counsel/corporate secretary for the then-largest convenience store chain in New Jersey and for the nation’s number one econometric forecasting organization. He is currently legal counsel at a regionally-ranked teaching university in Central New Jersey. Dr. Castagnera has published 18 books, as well as some 50 professional/scholarly articles and book chapters. He is a frequent commentator in newsletters, newspapers and magazines, and on the Internet. His teaching has taken him to the University of Texas-Austin, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Widener University School of Law. His current books and newsletters are available through this web site (see below). Dr. Castagnera’s areas of research concentration are education law, employment law, and counter terrorism law.  He offers writing, editing, and educational services on labor/employment law, higher education law, and risk management. Educational services include workshops and webinars.

Columns and Film Reviews:


Attorney at Large: 80 Columns and Film Reviews


Higher Education Law:


Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators 

Counter Terrorism History and Law


Al-Qaeda Goes to College: Impact of the War on Terror on American Higher Education

Counter_Terrorism_Issues_Cover_JPEG_(Front)Counter Terrorism Issues: Case Studies in the Courtroom