A law professor for thirty years, John Delaney taught criminal law, advanced criminal law, comparative criminal law, international criminal law, and other courses to law school students and students in masters and doctoral degree programs at the New York University School of Law. He then taught criminal law, advanced criminal law, the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, Jurisprudence and other courses at the City University of New York Law School. Learning Legal Reasoning, How To Do Your Best On Law School Exams and Learning Criminal Law As Advocacy Argument: Complete with Exam Problems and Answers emerged from these decades of teaching and reflecting on what students most need to succeed and what is lacking in law school pedagogy.
Professor Delaney is also the author of law review articles and was the general editor of nine other books, mostly about comparative law, in the American Series of Foreign Penal Codes. His First Amendment article, Police Power Absolutism and Nullifying the Free Exercise Clause: A Critique of Oregon v. Smith, 25 Ind. L. Rev. 71 (1991), has been cited in more than thirty law review articles and by many courts including the Supreme Court of California and the Supreme Court of Texas. Prior to teaching, Professor Delaney conducted approximately one thousand trials and he wrote and argued more than one hundred and fifty appeals. Unlike many professors and others presenters, John blends early intensive trial and appellate practice with thirty years of law school teaching. His books are informed by this extensive practice and teaching.
Now retired, John corresponds with law school students who frequently ask him for advice, especially about legal reasoning, exams and criminal law. He is an aspiring artisnal bread baker (!) in the Catskill region of New York. He continues to be enthralled by the beauty of the Hudson River on which he lives with his wife and daughter, Pat and Clare.