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Rev. Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., is the rector of the Marquette University Jesuit Community. Father O’Meara took office in May 2020.
Father O’Meara has also returned to the faculty at Marquette University Law School, where he was an associate professor and three-time recipient of the James D. Ghiardi Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. He left Marquette in 2013 to serve as the rector of the Jesuit community at Creighton University until 2019, where he also served as a professor of law at Creighton University Law School. He recently completed a sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in the Center for the Study of Law and Society, where he researched law and sociology and questions of legal ethics.
Father O’Meara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and holds law degrees from the University of Wisconsin and New York University. He studied theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His prior legal experience includes working as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, where he second-chaired the prosecution of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Father O’Meara has also served as an expert witness on issues of legal ethics. His areas of research include legal ethics, criminal procedure and questions of legal interpretation.