Biography

Jeff Sovern is a Professor of Law at St. John’s University in New York. The New York Times has called him "an expert in consumer law," He co-authored a casebook, Consumer Law: Cases and Materials (4d ed. 2013 West) with Professors John A. Spanogle, Ralph J. Rohner, Dee Pridgen, and Christopher Peterson. His scholarly writings have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Washington Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal (twice), University of California-Irvine Law Review, Maryland Law Review, SMU Law Review, The Business Lawyer, Federal Rules Decisions, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review (twice), Missouri Law Review, McGeorge Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Advancing the Consumer Interest, the Annual Review of Banking Law, the Journal of Consumer Affairs (twice), the Journal of Commercial and Consumer Law (twice), and elsewhere. Professor Sovern also has a forthcoming article in the Rutgers Law Review. His writings have been cited to in numerous casebooks, treatises, law review articles, and court decisions. He is a co-coordinator of the Consumer Law and Policy Blog, which can be read at www.clpblog.org, and editor of the Consumer Law Abstracts eJournal for the Social Science Research Network, available at www.ssrn.com.

Professor Sovern has published a number of op-eds, including essays in The New York Times (multiple times), USA Today, The Boston Globe, Fortune, the Christian Science Monitor, the American Banker (multiple times), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (multiple times), The New York Daily News, The Hill (multiple times), CNN.com, Politico, and Commonweal, among other places. 

The American Council on Consumer Interests awarded Professor Sovern the Russell A. Dixon Prize in 2002 and the 2010 Applied Consumer Economics Award. He has spoken at a variety of conferences, including twice before at the Practicing Law Institute's Consumer Financial Services Institute.

Before joining the law faculty, Professor Sovern served as a law clerk to Judge Frank A. Kaufman of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and practiced law in the litigation department of a major New York City law firm.  He holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University.