Patricia O'Hara

Contact Information

patricia_ohara Patricia O'Hara
Professor
1117 Eck Hall of Law
574.631.5344
pohara1@nd.edu

Department/affiliation

Law

Degrees

B.A. Santa Clara Univerisity

J.D. University of Notre Dame

Research interests

Agency

Business Associations

Corporations

Legal Education

Legal Ethics

Partnerships

Securities Regulation

Honors/awards

Howard J. Kenna Award, 1997

Spirit of Holy Cross Award, 2008 St. Thomas More Award, 2009

James E. Armstrong Award, 2010

Presidential Award, 2010 

Select publications

Churning Claims Under Federal Securities Law, in Contemporary Issues in Securities Regulation 325 (M. Steinberg ed., Butterworth Legal Publishers 1988).

Legal Aspects of Insider Trading, in Ethics and the Investment Industry 101 (John Houck and Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., eds., Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business and University Press of America 1989).

The Elusive Concept of Control in Churning Claims Under Federal Securities and Commodities Law, 75 Georgetown Law Journal 1875 (1987); reprinted in 21 Securities Law Review 281 (1989).

Erosion of the Privity Requirement in Section 12(2) of the Securities Act of 1933: The Expanded Meaning of Seller, 31 UCLA Law Review 921 (1984); cited in Pinter v. Dahl, 486 U.S. 622, 648 n. 24 (1988). 

Bio

Patricia A. O’Hara joined the faculty of the Law School in 1981, received tenure in 1987 and became a full professor in 1990. That same year she was elected by the University’s Board of Trustees as vice president for student affairs, the first woman to serve as an officer of the University. In 1999 she was appointed dean of the Law School and served in that capacity for ten years.

Following a sabbatical, Professor O’Hara returned to the faculty during the 2010-2011 academic year. Her areas of academic interest include business associations and securities regulation, as well as higher education in general and legal education in particular as informed by her administrative experience.

Professor O’Hara served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) from 2005-2011 and as Council Secretary from 2011-2013. During her tenure as dean, she chaired the Section for the Law School Dean of the American Association of Law Schools in 2008, co-chaired the Dean’s Workshop at the 2007 mid-year meeting of the American Bar Association, chaired the Nominating Committee of the American Association of Law Schools in 2005-2006 and served on a variety of other committees for both organizations, including the AALS Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance and planning committees for the ABA’s annual seminar for new law school deans. Prior to her service as a University officer and dean, she served as a member of the Committee on Infractions of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1988-1990.

Closer to home, Professor O’Hara served as a member of the Lay Review Board for the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops from 2002-2011. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board to Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education.