Professor McCarthy joined the Temple Law faculty in August 1991. He is a native of Ireland and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.
Before coming to the United States, Professor McCarthy worked as an inspector of taxes for Ireland’s internal revenue service. After graduating from Tulane University, first with a Ph. D. in American Literature and then with a J.D., Professor McCarthy served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He later clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was for several years the Director of the Law Program at Temple University Japan.