The 25th Amendment, which addresses what should happen if a president is unable to govern, was designed in 1967 in part by John D. Feerick ’61, current professor, former dean of Fordham Law School, and Feerick Center founder. The New York Times article discusses the amendment’s history, its relevance today, and Feerick’s perspective on the creators’ intent.
The amendment was not a license to easily remove a president who has been elected by the people from the powers and duties of office.
The amendment was there as a safety net in dealing with incapacity, and just how it affects one’s discharge of the powers and duties of the office can only really be come at from the standpoint of those who have knowledge of what’s going on and maybe needing assistance, at times, of doctors.
On October 15, the Feerick Center for Social Justice will hold its annual benefit at Mutual of America where you can hear more from John Feerick and distinguished honorees. Learn more and register. All funds raised from the event will directly benefit the center’s critical work.