Jack McMahon joins Concordia University School of Law as Professor of Foundations of Justice. An experienced educator, Mr. McMahon has taught at several universities across the country throughout his career. Most recently, he had taught third-year courses in municipal and urban planning law, as well as jurisprudence at the University of Idaho, College Of Law. He has taught constitutional law at Boise State University in their undergraduate honors program and also has team taught geology and the law in the geology department.
Additionally, he spent time as associate professor of philosophy at Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., assistant professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and held the role of adjunct professor at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. McMahon spent six years (1978-1984) as Chief Counsel for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. For 22 years, Mr. McMahon was employed in the Idaho Attorney General's office. From 1984 until 1994 he served as a Chief Deputy Attorney General to Attorney General Jim Jones and Attorney General Larry EchoHawk, supervising the six divisions of the Office of the Attorney General. During this time, Mr. McMahon chaired a commission that rewrote the Idaho Administrative Procedure Act. In 1995 he was selected as the Division Chief of the Contract Law Division. In this role he supervised the private attorneys who provide risk management defense for the state and oversaw the legal services for ten state agencies. From 1988 until 2000, he served as the General Counsel for the Idaho Transportation Department.
In 2005, Mr. McMahon created the Pro Bono Program at the University of Idaho, College Of Law, and then served as its director until 2010.
In addition to his legal and teaching experience, Mr. McMahon occupied the roll of Commissioner (1989-1992) and served as President (1991-1992) of the Idaho State Bar.Mr. McMahon also was the liaison to the Republic of Armenia under the ABA/USAID Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Program from 2000 until 2001. As liaison, he led the Judicial Reform Program part of the portfolio.
Mr. McMahon received his Bachelor of Arts, in English from Catholic University of America in 1957. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1965. After completing his graduate work, he spent a year (1967-68) of post-graduate work at University of Tübingen in West Germany. In 1976, he was awarded his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.