Kendra Huard Fershee

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law


  • B.A., University of Michigan
  • J.D., Tulane Law School


Kendra Huard Fershee has been teaching law students since 2006 in the areas of Family Law, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing, Research and Analysis, and Employment Discrimination. Before teaching, Prof. Fershee worked as a litigation associate, focusing on Securities Litigation at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy in Washington, D.C. and New York. She also took on family law matters pro bono while in practice.

Before law school, Prof. Fershee worked as a political organizer for five years in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Her interests started to draw her toward law school, so in 2000 she set out for New Orleans to attend Tulane School of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1995 at the University of Michigan, where she studied communications and women’s studies.


  • The Prima Facie Parent: Implementing A Simple, Fair, and Efficient Standing Test in Courts Considering Custody Disputes by Unmarried Gay and Lesbian Parents, 48 Fam. L.Q. _ (2014)
  • The Parent Trap: The Unconstitutional Practice of Severing Parental Rights Without Due Process of Law, 30 Ga. St. L. Rev. __ (2014)
  • A Parent Is a Parent, No Matter How Small, 18 Wm. & Mary J. Women & Law 425 (2012)
  • An Act for All Contexts: Incorporating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act into Title IX to Help Pregnant Students Gain and Retain Access to Education, 39 Hofstra L. Rev. 281 (2010)
  • Hollow Promises for Pregnant Students: How the Regulations Governing Title IX Fail to Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination in School, 43 Ind. L. Rev. 79 (2009)

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law, 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Dakota, 2007-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, 2006-2007

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 2003-2006
  • Field Director, People for the American Way, Los Angeles, 1999-2000
  • Assistant Field Director, People for the American Way, Washington, DC, 1995-1999
Kendra Fershee
(304) 293-6667
Fax: (304) 293-6891

Room: 100-D

Karen Feather

– Family Law
– Parents’ Rights
– Professional Legal Ethics
– Title VII – Pregnancy Discrimination
– Title IX – Pregnancy and Parenting Discrimination

Bar Admissions
– New York
– Washington, DC

Courses Taught
– Family Law
– Advanced Family Law
– Child, Parent, and State
– Civil Procedure
– Professional Responsibility