John H. Faricy Jr., a 1982 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and founder of Minneapolis-based Faricy Law P.A., has created a first-ever professorship that will provide the college with resources for conducting empirical research in the law.
The John H. Faricy Jr. Professorship will be rotated among Mitchell faculty based on a professor’s leadership, past scholarship and research plans that will help build objective clarity and understanding of particular legal issues as well as sound public policy. Mitchell currently has 27 full-time faculty.
Faricy established the professorship to provide professors with resources to do research and test theories and legal practices using quantitative techniques like those developed in the social sciences. “We often proceed in the practice of law and in life with biases until research shows us otherwise,” commented Faricy on establishing the professorship. “Empirical scholarship can help us test our biases and to better understand what our laws and the practice of law should be.”
The donation brings the college’s total number of endowed faculty positions to 13, up from 3 in 2010. During that same period, Mitchell has raised more than $22 million for scholarships, faculty support and innovation as part of its “If Not for Mitchell” fund-raising campaign.
“The John H. Faricy Jr. Professorship provides the first permanent fund that’s ever been created at Mitchell to support our faculty in conducting empirical and quantitative research,” said President and Dean Eric S. Janus. “It’s an encouragement to all of us, and I am deeply grateful to John for his innovative gift which supports so powerfully the work of our faculty and advances our understanding of legal practice and the law.”
John Faricy comes from a long line of family members who graduated from William Mitchell, including both of his grandfathers. His grandfather, Roland J. Faricy ’22, was co-founder of the noted St. Paul law firm, Faricy, Burger, Moore, Costello & Hart, and hired Warren E. Burger ’31, who went on to serve as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice from 1969-1986. Today’s Faricy Law Firm, P.A. provides high-quality legal services to individuals, small businesses and major corporations focusing on complex legal issues including class action, consumer fraud and insurance coverage recovery for businesses embroiled in asbestos and other litigations.
William Mitchell College of Law, founded in 1900, provides a practical legal education rooted in the real-world needs of lawyers, the legal profession, and the community. Today, it is home to the top-ranked clinical program in the region; robust externship and mentoring programs; faculty who are teachers, scholars, and practitioners; and a large, proud, and supportive alumni base.