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SLU Alum O'Malley Named School of Law's Ambassador in Residence


SLU alumnus Kevin F. O’Malley, J.D. (A&S ’70, Law ’73), former United States ambassador to Ireland, will serve as professor of practice and ambassador in residence in the Saint Louis University School of Law.

Kevin F. O'Malley, J.D.

Kevin F. O'Malley, J.D., (A&S '70, Law '73) served as the 31st United States ambassador to Ireland. He is joining the faculty of the School of Law as professor of practice and ambassador-in-residence. Submitted photo

O’Malley served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2014 to 2017 and was appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. In his new role with SLU, O’Malley will counsel students and serve as a resource for the School of Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law.

“The incredible combination of practical experience as a longtime litigator and diplomatic experience as our representative in Ireland will make Ambassador O’Malley an excellent resource for our students,” William P. Johnson, J.D., dean and professor, said. “He has already been so generous with his time and we look forward to the insight and thoughtfulness he will provide our community.”

Johnson appointed O'Malley to his new roles in the law school.

In 2016, O’Malley gave the address at SLU’s commencement, emphasizing the need for resilience and need to embrace global interconnectedness and engagement. A year later, O’Malley collaborated with the School of Law and Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court of Ireland to bring the Irish justice to St. Louis for a weeklong visit that included an address at the School of Law and meetings with SLU faculty and students.

He was inducted into the School of Law's Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame Class in 2019.

2016 O'Malley Commencement address
O'Malley gave the keynote address at SLU's 2016 commencement. SLU photo

As ambassador, O’Malley hosted SLU alumni, students and faculty as they explored Irish legal and cultural institutions.

A longtime litigator, O’Malley began his career in the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Department of Justice where he prosecuted cases involving organized crime and Mafia-related cases across the country. Returning to St. Louis as an assistant U.S. attorney, O’Malley prosecuted white collar criminal cases and taught trial advocacy and white collar criminal law at SLU and at the Washington University School of Law.

O’Malley later entered private practice and specialized in defending physicians and hospitals in medical negligence cases.

He is a fellow of the College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), and a nationally known author on jury instruction in federal cases.

During his tenure as ambassador to Ireland, O’Malley worked to broaden commercial ties between Irish and American entrepreneurs and artists. O’Malley’s “Creative Minds” series inspired the Irish government to create its own version of the program.

William Johnson, John MacMenamin, Kevin O'Malley

(From left) Dean William P. Johnson, J.D., of the School of Law, Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court of Ireland and Ambassador Kevin F. O'Malley (A&S ’70, Law ’73), with a sketch of the Green Street Courthouse presented to O'Malley during MacMenamin's 2017 visit to SLU. Photo by Maria Tsikalas

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