Prof. Michael O'Shea

Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Professor O’Shea is a nationally recognized expert on firearms law and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  He is a co-author of the first law school casebook on the subject, Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary, and Michael P. O’Shea, Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy, published in 2012 by Aspen Publishers.

In addition to the Second Amendment, Professor O’Shea also studies what might be called the other “confrontational” parts of the Bill of Rights, particularly 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 Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2006, O’Shea practiced commercial litigation in Chicago and in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  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.

His non-law interests include philosophy, poetry, and the fortunes of the OKC Thunder and the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

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Publications and Multimedia
The Second Amendment: Enforcing the Heller Decision - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
Ohio v. Clark - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-23-15 featuring Michael O'Shea.
June 23, 2015
Ohio v. Clark - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-4-15 featuring Michael O'Shea
March 04, 2015
Firearms Law and the Second Amendment - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 08-07-12 featuring Nicholas Johnson, Michael O'Shea and Adam Winkler
August 07, 2012