Professor O’Shea’s research focuses on what might be called the “confrontational” parts of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, particularly the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, and the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, which protects the right to face-to-face cross-examination in criminal trials. He is also interested in state constitutions and state court approaches to legal interpretation. He serves as the Associate Director of OCU Law’s Center for State Constitutional Law and Government. Before coming to OCU in 2006, O’Shea practiced commercial litigation with Lathrop & Gage, L.C., in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP in Chicago. He also served as a 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. Professor O'Shea received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard University. He teaches Civil Procedure I & II, Evidence, State Constitutional Law, and Firearms Law & Policy.