About Jim

Garden Door

Jim has practiced for 46 years as an attorney, university administrator/professor, and communication professional, principally in higher education.  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. On June 30, 2019, he will close a 23-year career as associate provost and legal counsel at regionally-ranked Rider University in central New Jersey. Jim has had 21 books published to date, as well as 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 and Drexel University law schools.

He is the Managing Partner and Principal Consultant of K&C HR Enterprises/Holland Media Services.


His current books are available through this web site, below and on the pages that follow. Jim’s areas of  concentration are labor & employment law, higher education law, and risk management. He and partner Claire Holland offer writing & editing, consulting, and educational services on these topics.  Educational services include workshops and webinars.


Civil_Liberties_and_National_Security_-_James_Castagnera                 Civil Liberties &

                                          National Security




Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators