Kevin F. O’Neill (1955 - ) is a law professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law who writes frequently on First Amendment issues.  O’Neill is a gifted law school teacher, winning best professor of the year at his law school an astonishing ten times. The best professor award is now named after him.     

Born in 1995 in Cleveland, O’Neill earned his undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University and his law degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  After graduating law school, he worked at private law firms in Dayton and Cleveland. 

In 1991, he became the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where he supervised the group’s litigation on First Amendment and other cases.  In 1993, he began teaching as an adjunct at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and now is an associate professor. 

In his scholarship, he has tackled a variety of First Amendment issues, including a comprehensive approach to analyzing free-speech cases, the intersection of the First Amendment with false light invasion of privacy, prisoner free-speech rights, the law of public protests, and the meaning of the free press clause.   

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