Kimberly E. O'Leary

Kimberly E. O'Leary

Professor

B.A. Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1979
J.D. Northeastern University School of Law, 1982

olearyk@cooley.edu

Professor O'Leary practiced law in Indiana before becoming a law professor in 1988. Her legal practice included working as an associate in a small law firm in rural southern Indiana, where she litigated constitutional and employment discrimination cases and served a general practice clientele.

She also worked as a legal services attorney with the Legal Services Organization of Indiana. Professor O'Leary joined the faculty of Indiana University at Indianapolis in 1988, supervising students in the Civil Practice Clinic.

In 1993, she became the Clinic Director at the University of Dayton School of Law, a position she held until 2000. At Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Professor O'Leary teaches in the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic.

Professor O'Leary has served as the chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education (1999), on the executive committees of that section and the Poverty Law Section of the AALS, as the newsletter editor of the AALS Section on Clinical Education, on the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review and has served as Vice President of the Legal Aid Society of Dayton Board of Directors.

Professor O'Leary has written in the field of attorney-client counseling, housing law, diversity training, the relationship between social justice goals and clinical law offices and clinical teaching. She has presented papers at the UCLA/University of London International Clinical Scholarship Conference and the New York Clinical Theory Workshop.

Bibliography

Articles

Kim O'Leary, Nelson P. Miller, Tonya Krause-Phelan, Derek Witte, Joni Larson, and Vicki Eggers, Using a Faculty Inquiry Process to Examine Student Responsibility for Learning, 61 J. Legal Educ. 280 (2011).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Yes, Santa Claus, There is a Virginia: How One Lawyer Realized a Life of Passion for Justice, Commitment to Community, and Empathy for Clients, 12 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 99 (2009).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Interviewing and Counseling in Context: New Approaches and New Ideas, 8 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 1 (2005).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Teaching Interviewing and Counseling in the Criminal Defense Clinic: Following Up on the Criminal Defense Session through a Roundtable Conversation, 8 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 291 (2005).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Clinical Law Offices and Local Social Justice Strategies: Case Selection and Quality Assessment as an Integral Part Of the Social Justice Agenda of Clinics, 11 Clin. L. Rev. 335 (2005).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Evaluating Clinical Teaching - Suggestions for Law Professors Who Have Never Used the Clinical Teaching Method, 29 N. Ky. L. Rev. 491 (2002).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, When Context Matters: How to Choose an Appropriate Client Counseling Model, 4 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 103 (2001).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, The Inadvisability of Applying Preclusion Doctrines to Forcible Entry and Detainer Actions, 30 U. Toledo L. Rev. 49 (1998).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Using 'Difference Analysis' to Teach Problem-Solving, 4 Clin. L. Rev. 65 (1997).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Dialogue, Perspective and Point of View as Lawyering Method: A New Approach to Anti-Crime Measures in Public Housing, 49 Wash. U. J. Urb & Contemp. L. 133 (1996).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Creating Partnership: Using Feminist Techniques to Enhance the Attorney-Client Relationship, 16 Leg. Stud. Forum 207 (1993).

Books and Chapters in Books

Kimberly E. O'Leary, How-to Handle a Capacity Issue with a Prospective Client, How to Handle Potential Conflicts of Interest in Estate Planning for Couples, How to Handle a Capacity Issue that Arises During Representation and How to Represent Multiple Parties. Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) online publications, How to Kits, located at www.icle.org, (2013-2014).

O'Leary, Kim, Nelson P. Miller, Tracey Brame, and Dale Iverson. "Cultural Competence as a Professional Skill." In Reflections of a Lawyer's Soul: The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, edited by Amy Timmer and Nelson Miller, 175-206. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2008.

Books Reviews and Other Short Works

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Book Review, Am. Mag. (November 21, 2011) (reviewing Andrew E. Kersten, Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Elder Law: Anticipate Problems to Avoid Ethical Elder Law Dilemmas, 22 Mich. Laws. Wkly. 4 (May 26, 2008).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Book Review, Am. Mag. (September 11, 2006) (reviewing Bruce Ackerman, Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Fred Baker's Vision, 7 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 81 (2004).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Book Review, Am. Mag. (November 27, 1999) (reviewing Mary Frances Berry, The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice).

Community/Pro Bono

2009: Organizer (with Munroe, Finnegan and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups); Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic; Chair, Clinical Department.

2008: Organizer (with Munroe, Finnegan and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups); Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic; Chair, Hiring Committee, Clinic hiring; Chair, Clinical Department.

2007: Organizer (with Munroe, Finnegan and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups); Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic; Department Chair, Clinic Department; Chair, Clinical Department.

2006: Organizer (with Munroe, Finnegan and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups); Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Chair, Self-Study Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic; Chair, Hiring Committee, Clinic/PALS hiring; Chair, Clinical Department.

2005: Organizer (with Munroe and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups, faculty book club; Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Chair, Self-Study Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic; Chair, Hiring Committee, Clinic/PALS hiring; Chair, Clinical Department.

2004: Organizer (with Munroe and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups, faculty book club; Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic.

2003: Organizer (with Munroe and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship Groups, faculty book club; Chair, Teaching, Learning Assessing Committee; Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic.

2002: Organizer (with Munroe and Senger) of Teaching Roundtables, Scholarship; Member, Professionalism Committee.

2008: Co-facilitated (with Bill Fleener) community dialog meetings with senior citizens from local low-income communities for Power of WE institution-building grant.

2007: Co-facilitated (with Bill Fleener) community dialog meetings with senior citizens from local communities of color for Power of WE institution-building grant.

September, 2005: Elder Law of Michigan/Sixty Plus joint program Elder Law Academy presentation "The Dangers of Durable Powers of Attorney."

2004: New Member, Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellows.

September, 2002: Organized "Nuts and Bolts of Serving as GAL in Guardianship and Conservatorship Cases", Charlotte, Michigan (as part of Eaton County Guardianship-Conservatorship Coalition).

April, 2002: Co-Facilitator, Dayton Bar Association Working Group on Race, all-day workshop.

2002: Member, Eaton County Guardianship-Conservatorship Coalition.

Presentations

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Presentation (with Professor Pat Mock), Interactive Ethics when working with Pro Bono and Public Interest Legal Advocates, (Equal Justice Conference, Portland, OR, May 2014).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Webinar, Topics include, Determining Competency with a New Client, Determining Competency that Arises During Representation, Ensuring Confidentiality in an Elderlaw Practice, Representing Couples and Representing Multiple Parties (not Class Actions) (Center for Elder Rights Advocacy, November, 2013, December, 2013, and January, 2014). 

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Presentation, Ethical Issues in Communicating with Non-Clients (NAELA/NALI Conference, Washington, DC, November 2013).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Presentation, Elder Law and Ethics (MPLP Roadshow, Okemos, MI, October, 2013).  

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Presentation, Interactive Ethics (ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, St. Louis, MO, May 2013).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Small group leader (Elder Law, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 2013).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Small group leader (Elder Law, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, IL, April 2013).

Kimberly E. O'Leary (with Mary Helen McNeal, Syracuse Law), Remarks, Ethical Issues Surrounding Family Participation in Multi-Generational Planning: Pitfalls and Promises (Alexandria, Va., National Aging and the Law Conference, December 2011).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Using Outcomes Measures and Rubrics to Enhance Professional Learning in an In-House Clinic (Denver, Colo., Legal Education Crossroads Assessment Conference, September 2009).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, The Joy of Evaluation: Creative Methods to Improve Clinical Program Evaluation (Tucson, Ariz., AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2008).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Essential Topics in Teaching Interviewing and Counseling, (UCLA/BYU Conference on the Pedagogy of Interviewing and Counseling, October 2006).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Promoting Social and Economic Justice through Clinical Teaching (Midwest Clinical Conference, October 2005).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Interviewing and Counseling in Context (Sections on Clinical Legal Education and Elder Law, AALS Annual Meeting, January 2005).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, The Evolution of Lawyering for Social Justice: Synergies and Transitions (AALS Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, May 2004).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Diversity and Inclusion: Handling Challenges in Learning, Teaching and Working (Joint Program of Sections on Indian Nations and Indigenous People, Minority Groups, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and Women in Legal Education, January 2003).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Use of Video in Clinical Teaching (Pittsburgh, Pa., AALS Clinical Teachers Conference, May 2002).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, The Problem Students: Causes and Cures, (New Orleans, La., AALS Annual Meeting, January 5, 2002).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, When Context Matters: How to Choose the Appropriate Client Counseling Model, (New York Clinical Theory Workshop, New York Law School, February 25, 2000).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Assistant Facilitator (Northeast Ohio Regional Planning Group for Delivery of Indigent Legal Services, January 28-29, 2000).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Facilitated Opening and Closing Sessions, Current Challenges in Clinical Education (Madison, Wis., Midwest Clinical Teacher's Conference, November 5-6, 1999).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Small Group Leader (AALS Clinical Teacher's Workshop, May 1999).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks for All-day Presentation, Assuring Justice in a Pluralistic Society (Ohio Judicial College, Judicial Practice Seminar, April 1999).

Kimberly E. O'Leary (with Andrea Seielstad and Kathy Hessler), Remarks, Teaching in Different Contexts: Case Management (Midwest Clinical Law Conference, October 1998).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Web Research for Legal Services Lawyers (Dayton, Oh., Legal Aid Society, May 1998).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Remarks, Valuing and Evaluating Lawyer and Student Competence (AALS National Clinical Teaching Conference, May 1998).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Organized and Led Workshop as Member of President's Taskforce on Diversity at UD, Experiences of Diversity at UD (December 1997 through present), [workshop participants have included: Faculty Development Day participants, President's Council, Provost's Council].

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, Diversity Analysis as a Method for Teaching Problem-Solving (UCLA/University of London International Clinical Scholarship Conference, October 1997).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Small Group Leader (Midwest Clinical Teacher's Conference, Fall 1997).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Organized and Moderated Panel, Evaluating Competence of Lawyering in Clinics (AALS National Director's Conference, May 1997).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, Use of Video in Clinical Courses (Midwest Clinical Teacher's Conference, Fall 1996).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, War on Poverty (National AALS Annual Meeting, Poverty Law Section, January 1996).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, Japanese-American Internment during World War II. (Fall 1995 & Winter 1996). Along with Professor Randall and sociologist, Mace Ishida, participated in a team instructing area elementary and high school teachers about internment of Japanese-American during WWII. Developed materials to help teachers present on the subject, in conjunction with traveling Smithsonian exhibit "A More Perfect Union." Participation involved six workshops and one panel presentation.

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Small Group Leader (AALS Clinic Section Director's Meeting and AALS Clinic Section National Conference, May 1995).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, Feminist Perspectives on Consistent Life Ethic (UD Campus Ministry, April 1995).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Commenter (AALS Annual Meeting, Joint Session of Clinic and PR sections, January 1995).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, Incorporating Feminist Perspectives into Scholarship (UD Faculty Development Day, December 1994).

Kimberly E. O'Leary, Panel Remarks, Women's Issues in Clinical Teaching (Midwest Clinical Conference, October 1993).

 

Real-World Experience

Specialties: Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination

Courses: Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic


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