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By His Family, Ye Shall Know Him|William Fox, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs|Margaret A. King, Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement |David Schrock, Director of Financial Aid

William Fox
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

ssociate Dean William Fox is a well-traveled man. He spent several years in a coal-mining town south of Denver before relocating with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he attended high school. Fox took two years at the University of New Mexico before deciding to join the United States Army. His nearly four years of active duty Army service took to him Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Benning, Georgia and a number of other Army outposts. Internationally, Dean Fox served a year and a half of foreign military service in Turkey, as well as temporary duty in Germany and Vietnam. One of his last assignments was with the Army division that became the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He left active duty in early 1965 as a sergeant, and returned to Albuquerque where he spent the next three years working on the loading dock of a local trucking company-mainly loading boxes into the backs of trucks.

In 1968, Fox came to the conclusion that he didn't want to load boxes on trucks for the rest of his life. "My trucking company experience and my VA disability rating qualified me for an appointment as a transportation specialist at the United States General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. I arrived in Washington just after Thanksgiving 1968 and almost magically my life started improving immensely." While working at GAO, he completed an undergraduate degree at George Washington University double majoring in economics and psychology. Shortly thereafter he met and later married Patricia Coyle, a Library of Congress employee.

Fox started law school at CUA Law in the fall of 1970. He says of his initial law school experience, "I was terrified for the first two weeks but again, almost magically, something happened that I've never been able to fully articulate except by saying that I felt like I had come home." It was then that Fox began to gain momentum.

On a roll, he accelerated his graduation and finished his J.D. work in December 1972, began a clerkship with Judge Benigno Hernandez on the New Mexico Court of Appeals in January 1973 and enrolled in an LL.M. program at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1973. Simultaneously with his LL.M. work, Fox taught legal writing at Boston University and practiced federal litigation and government contracts law with vom Baur, Coburn, Simmons & Turtle. He was hired for his first full-time law school teaching job by the Indiana School of Law and returned to the CUA community in fall 1975.

Since then, Fox says, "I have happily taught civil procedure, administrative law, international business transactions and alternative dispute resolution." Fox also teaches part-time at the University of Dundee, Scotland where he spends two weeks each year teaching an international business course to LL.M. candidates enrolled in Dundee's Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy.

An accomplished legal author, Dean Fox's book on administrative law and international commercial agreements is now in its fourth edition. He is also working on the third edition of his book on veterans' law, which is anticipated to be published next summer.