Deborah Sundquist O’Malley joined the College of Law as an Associate Teaching Professor in the fall 2018. She teaches Legal Communication & Research for first-year J.D. students and Legal Writing for International Students for LL.M. students.
Prior to joining the faculty, O’Malley served in administration at the College of Law, including as the Director of Student Affairs (2017-18), the Director of LL.M. Student Support (2015-17), and the Director of Professional Development (2014-15). Prior to her work in College of Law administration, she served as a Legal Writing Professor at the College of Law from 2010-14. Before moving into legal education, O’Malley worked as an attorney in the areas of corporate and real estate law with firms in New York and Idaho.
Professor O’Malley has an interest in law student well-being and professional identity formation, with an emphasis on the development of empathy, compassion, and cross-cultural awareness. She is a recent recipient of a Syracuse University Unsurpassed Student Experience Diversity & Inclusion (USE D&I) Grant, through which she will implement a facilitated dialogue group for the College of Law community.
Professor O’Malley has been actively involved in local bar associations, having served as a College of Law representative on the Board of Directors for the Onondaga County Bar Association. She’s also been active in the Central New York Women’s Bar Association and is a past president of the organization.
Professor O’Malley earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa) from Iowa State University.