Howard N. Fenton III
Professor Fenton graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975, where he was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation, Professor Fenton entered practice in Washington, D.C., specializing in the practice of federal legislative and regulatory law. He joined the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1979, where he served as director of the Compliance Policy Division for the Office of Antiboycott Compliance.
In 1984, Professor Fenton began his teaching career at Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, where he lectured on International Trade Law. In the fall of 1984, he joined the faculty at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. There he taught Contracts, Administrative Law, and International Business Transactions, and was twice named "Outstanding Freshman Professor." Professor Fenton came to Ohio Northern in 1988, and served as associate dean for academic affairs for five years in addition to being professor of law. He served as interim dean of the College of Law for the 1995-96 year. He helped develop the school's new Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M. program beginning in 2004, and was appointed the first director of the program in 2006. Professor Fenton has taught first year Contracts, Public International Law, International Business Transactions, and Administrative Law, and now teaches Comparative Administrative Law and the Rule of Law Seminar in the LL.M. program.
He is the former chair of the International Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, and one of fewer than 200 U.S. lawyers approved to hear disputes under the North American Free Trade AGreement, serving on six NAFTA dispute panels. He is also the author of numerous influential articles on U.S. international trade regulation. Professor Fenton has served as an advisor to the governments of Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Uzbekistan on administrative law reform and recently co-authored a guide to administrative law reform for U.S. State Department foreign aid officers.
B.S., with Honors, University of Texas at Austin
District of Columbia
International Business Transactions