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When I was 19 years old I was the victim of a violent attack.

In 1988 after attending a party, I was violently attacked by an individual who was hiding behind a tree as I tried to get in my car to go home. I did not know this individual beforehand nor did he ever state why he cracked a baseball bat across my skull. The blow to my head immediately knocked me to the ground unconscious. While lying there with blood rushing from the crack across my skull, this individual proceeded to kick my face, chest, and head with his steel-tip work boots leaving me for dead.

By the grace of God, I was able to get to my feet and summon help somewhere in the wee hours of the early morning. How I made it to the front door of a home, with my head still bleeding and my skull caving in, I have no idea.

Nevertheless, when I finally made it to the hospital, I was within a few hours of dying. Had I waited another hour or so to get help, I would not be here today. I was rushed in for emergency surgery and after the doctor managed to relieve the constant pressure from my brain, I fell into a coma for several days. I remained in the hospital for over 45 days and subsequently went to weeks of rehabilitation. I had to learn how to do everything all over again, from talking to walking; I had to start at the beginning.

That being said, the one thing I never gave up on was “hope.” I knew I was different from the person I once was and how I felt the days after I was attacked. However, I was not going to let this individual, get the best of me. Yes I was attacked, but I was not beaten. That day did change me for the better. Going through this experience enforced my belief in God. God gave me strength, gave me perseverance, and gave me hope that if I believe I can succeed. No matter what happens during the course of your life, there is meaning and there is purpose. I am an example that if you “hope” for something, you can believe and succeed in obtaining it. My “hope” after this day in 1988, was that I could live a good life. In my later years I hoped from this experience that I could help others, educate, and find truth and justice for those who experience a life-changing event.

 

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Meet John Bermingham
John Bermingham has years of experience as an engaging professor teaching criminal law, business law, health law, legal writing, legal analysis, and ethics courses for the graduate and undergraduate programs at Centenary College in the traditional classroom setting. Furthermore, on-line teaching experience for the MBA Program at Saint Leo University, Kaplan University, and the University of Phoenix. Experience in developing and authoring the classes, “Personnel Law and Ethics” for Saint Leo University and “Health Care Legislation and Regulation,” for Kaplan University.

Centenary College, Hackettstown, New Jersey
Adjunct Professor, Graduate and Undergraduate Programs 2009 - Present

  • The Legal and Social Environment of Business – Graduate course examines the interrelations between the business sector and other societal institutions with the view of clarifying to whom and for what the corporation is responsible.
  • Legal Issues in the Work Place – Graduate course teaches significance and impact of laws as they pertain to employment and labor relations. Exposure to the numerous laws impacting recruiting and selection, compensation, working compensation, working conditions; discipline and union/management labor relations, as well as, international regulations. Course examines the content and application of key laws such as the NLRB, Title VII, Civil Rights Act, EEOC, ADA, and FMLA.
  • Business Law - undergraduate business course examines areas of law affecting business. The legal forms of businesses; contract law; the law of sales; personal, real, and intellectual property law; and the law of negotiable instruments comprise the principle focus of the course. International treaties and laws affecting those areas of law are explored throughout the course.
  • Ethics in Business - course examines the theories used in analyzing the ethical dimensions of business decisions and the ethical role of business and its practices in the various societies and cultures of the global business environment.

St. Leo University, Tampa, Florida 2005 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

  • The Legal Environment in Business - a comprehensive study of commercial law as it affects day-to-day business management. Emphasis is placed on development of a manager's ability to recognize the circumstances under which a legal professional should be contacted for advice and/or assistance.
  • Personnel Law and Ethics - an overview of the basic laws governing the employment relationship. The goals of the course are two-fold: first, to familiarize students with the many issues and problems confronting employees, employers, supervisors and human resources professionals; second, to help students in identifying the legal implications of personnel situations that may arise in the business and corporate environment.
  • Faculty elected St. Leo University Senator, August 2007 – August 2008
  • Appointed University Senate Graduate Academic Standards and Program Committee Member, 2008
  • Developed curriculum for Personnel Law and Ethics Course, 2008

Kaplan University, Chicago, Illinois 2008 – Present
Adjunct Professor, Master of Science in Legal Studies (MSLS) Program

Adjunct Professor teaching the following on-line courses on a periodic basis:

  • Health Care Legislation and Regulation (Course Developer)
  • Health Care Organizations and Finance
  • Federalism and the Health Care Delivery System
  • Professionals and Health Care Institutions
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
  • Legal Research, Analysis and Writing
  • Legal Method and Process
  • Organization and Function of State Government
  • Applied Action Research Project
  • Contracts and Private Law
  • Introduction to Legal Technology

John received his Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University in Washington, DC. He is currently obtaining a Masters of Business Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University. John is a practicing attorney in the state of New Jersey.

Outside Interests: Currently, lead of the Public Relations department for the Monmouth University Hawks hockey team. Creator and lead editor of the “Monmouth Hawk Newsletter” and the “masters of ceremonies” (M.C.) for the hockey team. Author of various articles for the Delaware Collegiate Hockey Conference (DCHC) website.

John is an Ordained Minister who recently married Laura on July 3, 2010. Laura and John reside in Port Monmouth, NJ where they live with their dog, Bode and cat, Kitty La Rue.

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