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Paul Ferber

Paul Ferber

Professor of Law Emeritus

JD, New York University, 1966

BA, Queens College, 1963


Paul Ferber


Professor Paul Ferber specializes in commercial law, professional responsibility, and professional skills. From 1988 through 2001, he was director of the General Practice Program, which integrates law and professional skills by simulating a general practice law firm. The courses he taught at Vermont Law School included Contracts, Introduction to Lawyering, Legal Profession, Remedies, Sales, and Secured Transactions. He received his BA degree from Queens College in 1963 and his JD degree, cum laude, from New York University in 1966, where he was a John Norton Pomeroy Scholar, a member of the Order of Coif, and an editor of the New York University Law Review. After receiving his law degree, he served as a deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C., then clerked for Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Bernard H. Levinson. In 1968, Professor Ferber joined the law firm of Swerdlow, Glikbarg and Shimer in Beverly Hills and was involved in a broad range of commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, and contracts. In 1973, he served as managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Herzfeld and Rubin of New York. For the next six years, he managed the firm, handled business and litigation matters for Volkswagen of America, and dealt with extensive commercial and antitrust litigation throughout the United States. He was professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1987. He has been a faculty member at Vermont Law School since 1987. He co-founded the Sterry R. Waterman Inn of Court in Vermont. He was a member of Vermont's Professional Conduct Board from 1993 to 2000 and was chair of a Vermont Professional Responsibility Hearing Panel. He is a member of the Committee on Legal Education of the American Bar Association and of the Vermont Bar Association-Vermont Law School Liaison Committee.



Adult Learning Theory and Simulations: Designing Simulations to Educate Lawyers, Clinical Law Review (2002).​
​Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and Drafting Final Exams​, L. Tchr. (Institute for Law School Teaching, Spokane, Wash.), Spring 1997.
Discovery and Protective Orders Relating to Raw Data in Psychological or Neuro-Psychological Testing, Vt B.J., Dec. 1994, at 22, and National Trial Lawyers Association Journal (1995).​
Curriculum Design and Problem-Solving, The Law Teacher (Institute for Law School Teaching, Spokane, WA) Fall 1994.​
Cognitive Psychology and Curriculum Design, The Law Teacher (Institute for Law School Teaching, Spokane, WA) Fall 1994.​
Chief Justice Burger, Shark Jokes, and Professionalism, Vt. B. J., Oct. 1991, at 16.​
The Vermont Law School General Practice Program, VT. B.J., Jun. 1991, at 10.​
Getting a Law Degree in General Practice, Complete Lawyer (ABA Sec. Gen Prac. ) Summer 1987, at 46.​
Section 2 of the Sherman Act: Are There Prospects For Reincarnation, 10 Sw. U. L. Rev. 35 (1978).
Symposium, Effectiveness of the Private Treble Damage Action as an Antitrust Enforcement Mechanism, 8 Sw. U. L. Rev. 505 (1976).​
Label-Analysis: The Broad, Easy Road to Antitrust Problem Solving, 5 Sw. U. L. Rev. 1 (1973).​
Judicial Legislation in the Supreme Court of Hawaii: A Brief Introduction to the 'Felt Necessities of the Time', 8 Haw. B.J. 77 (1971)​.​
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Post-Acquisition Evidence and Probable Anti-Competitive Effects, 58 Cal. L. Rev. 43 (1970).​


​With Closen, et al., CONTRACTS: CONTEMPORARY CASES AND MATERIALS (Callaghan & Co., 1980).​


"Sanctions for Over-zealous Representation," Continuing Legal Education Conference on Legal Ethics, January 2008.​
​"Transformative Learning in Legal Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Conference on Transformational Learning, Toronto, October 2001.​
"The Integration of Professional Skills into Traditional Legal Education," W. G. Hart Conference on Legal Education, London, 2001.​
​"Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Design Student Evaluations," Conference on Law School Student Assessments, Center for Law Teaching, Gonzaga University Law School, 2001.​
"Experiential Learning Theory and Clinical Legal Education," moderator, Case Western Reserve University, 1996.​
"Fundamentals of Curriculum Reform and the Integration of Professional Skills Education," Univ. of Wollongong, Australia, 1994.​

Awards & Accomplishments


​Member, Committee of Associate Membership, Vermont Bar Association, 1991–92

​Co-founder, 1994, Administrator, 1994–96, and Counselor Vice-President, since 1996, Sterry Waterman Inn of Court, Vermont.

​Chair, 1993–95, and Vice-Chair, 1991–93, Law School Curriculum Committee, General Practice section, American Bar Association

​Mediator, Attorney-Client Relations Program, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1986

​Member, Vermont Professional Conduct Board, since 1992.

​Member, Vermont Bar Association-Vermont Law School Liaison Committee, since 1991

​Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles Small Claims Court, 1980–83, and Municipal Court, 1983–87

​Member, Committee on Legal Education, American Bar Association, since 1987