Gregory J. O'Meara, JD, LLM
Gregory J. O'Meara, JD, LLM

Gregory J. O'Meara, JD, LLM

School of Law

Academic Appointments


  • Law


  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Evidence
  • Jurisprudence
  • Professional Responsibility


Fr. O’Meara formerly served as an Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University for 11 years where he was a three time recipient of the James D. Ghiardi Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Fr. O’Meara has law degrees from the University of Wisconsin and New York University. He studied theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. His prior legal experience includes working as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County, where he second-chaired the trial of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer; captained the Misdemeanor Team and Drug Enforcement Team; and coordinated appellate briefings. His area of research includes criminal procedure and questions of legal interpretation.

Publications and Presentations


  • Heather Hathaway, Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J. & Stephanie Quade, Textual Deviance: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and Catholic Campuses, in JESUIT & FEMINIST EDUCATION: INTERSECTIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 203 (Jocelyn M. Boryczka & Elizabeth A. Petrino eds), 2012


  • Gregory J. O’Meara, District Attorneys, Discretion, and Dialogue: How the Culture of a Prosecutor’s Office Frames the Relationship Between Superiors and Subordinates, 51 Creighton L. Rev. 729, 2018
  • Gregory J. O'Meara, Some Silver Linings Have Clouds: Common Law Confidentiality in a Fiduciary Frame, Attorneys, and Cloud Computing, 48 Creighton L. Rev. 793, 2015
  • Gregory J. O’Meara, Compassion and the Public Interest: Wisconsin’s New Compassionate Release Legislation, 23 Fed. Sent'g Rep. 33, 2010
  • Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., “You Can’t Get There From Here?”: Ineffective Assistance Claims in Federal Courts After AEDPA, 93 Marq. L. Rev. 545, 2009
  • Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., He Speaks Not, Yet He Says Everything; What of That?: Text, Context, and Pretext in State v. Jeffrey Dahmer, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 97, 2009
  • Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., The Name is the Same, But the Facts Have Been Changed to Protect the Attorneys: Strickland, Judicial Discretion, and Appellate Decision-Making, 42 Val. U. L. Rev. 687, 2008
  • Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., Habermas, Violence, and the Ultimate Reality and Meaning of Law: A Further Contribution to URAM Habermas Studies (URAM 26.2), 26 Ultimate Reality & Meaning 180, 2003


  • Gregory O’Meara, Op-Ed., Stand Your Ground Laws Are Unnecessary, N.Y. Times, Mar. 21, 2012,, 2012

Editing and Reviews

  • Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., Book Review, 74 Theological Stud. 509 (2013) (reviewing Andrew Skotnicki, The Last Judgment: Christian Ethics in a Legal Culture (1999)), 2013
  • Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., Book Review, 61 Theological Stud. 383 (2000) (reviewing John E. Coons & Patrick M. Brennan, By Nature Equal: The Anatomy of a Western Insight), 1999