Terrence P. Dwyer

Associate Professor, Legal Studies
Division of Justice and Law Administration


Room 346, Westside Campus Classroom Building
Email dwyert@wcsu.edu


Certificate in Labor Studies Cornell University
B.A. Fordham University
J.D. Pace University School of Law


Admitted Attorney New York and Connecticut State Bar
Admitted Attorney United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Admitted Attorney United States Supreme Court

Maintains a limited and specialized private practice of law in New York State

Serves as General Counsel to a law enforcement union in New York State.

Former Adjunct Instructor at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1995-2005

Police Liability and Litigation columnist for PoliceOne.com


Retired from New York State Police after 22 year career, 17½ years as an Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). Assignments were with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Troop K BCI and Violent Crimes Investigative Team (Major Crimes Unit).  Prior to the NYSP served as a Correction Officer in the NYC Department of Correction and a Court Officer in the NYC Courts for 2½ years.

Law practice since 1992 has focused primarily on real estate law, estate planning and administration, commercial transactions, and public sector labor law. Representation has included lenders in real estate transactions; purchasers and sellers in residential and commercial transactions; title insurers in litigation claims; business entities in commercial claims and disputes; landlords in eviction and non-payment proceedings; spouses in separation and divorce matters; public employees in disciplinary cases, contract negotiations and equal employment opportunity cases; litigation before the National Labor Relations Board; as a court appointed referee in foreclosure proceedings; and in client appeals to the New York State Appellate Term, 9th Judicial District and the New York State Appellate Division, 2nd Department.

Over the years Assoc. Prof. Dwyer has been involved in police litigation and disciplinary cases either as an attorney or as a consultant. As a lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dwyer has been requested to give presentations to trade associations such as the American Society for Industrial Security, Westchester County and Hudson Valley Chapters, regional law enforcement training centers such as the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University and the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, security company training groups and local organizations. Assoc. Prof. Dwyer has been certified and has testified as a police expert in the New York courts. Additionally, he has been consulted by prosecutors, news outlets, and litigation teams as an expert in police procedures, gangs and organized crime.  The areas of public and private sector law enforcement liability and misconduct, law enforcement disciplinary process and critical incident policy are of specialized interest and focus. 


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