Welcome Guest Blogger Mike O’Shea

oshea2.jpgI’m happy to announce that Professor Michael P. O’Shea is joining us for a guest visit.

Mike is assistant professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he teaches civil procedure, evidence, and (in spring 2008) firearms law and policy. He graduated cum laude in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where his appellate moot court team won the 2000 Ames Competition, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1995 with a degree in philosophy. He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. Before entering teaching in 2006, he practiced commercial litigation in Chicago and his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a former law clerk to Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to Judge John R. Gibson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mike’s current research focuses on (1) the application of formalist theories of interpretation (such as textualism and originalism) to state courts; and (2) U.S. firearms law and policy, particularly as they interact with doctrines of federalism. His previous publications include:

* Purposeless Restraints: Fourteenth Amendment Rationality Scrutiny and the Constitutional Review of Prison Sentences, 72 TENN. L. REV. 1041 (2005-06).

*Can Law and Economics Be Both Practical and Principled?, 53 ALA. L. REV. 335 (2002) (with David A. Hoffman).

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