Deborah S. O’Malley oversees all aspects of the student experience with ongoing academic advising and support to guide students on professional opportunities while they are students at the College of Law. As Director, Deb focuses heavily on enhancing the student experience at the College of Law through programs, services, partnerships, and policies that foster an engaged and inclusive community.
Prior to joining the Office of Student Affairs, Deborah served as the Director of LL.M. Student Support, and previously, the Director of Professional Development at the Syracuse University College of Law. She also spent four years as a Legal Writing Professor at the College of Law. Before joining the College of Law, Deborah was an associate with the law firm of Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C. in Syracuse; she also practiced law at a small law firm in Idaho. Deborah has been actively involved in local bar associations, serving 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.
Deborah received a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law.
As Associate Director of Student Affairs, Courtney is responsible for helping law students reach their full academic potential, with an emphasis on the skills needed to be successful on the bar exam. She develops and implements programming focused on academic success for students throughout their career at the College of Law. In addition, she provides academic advising for all law students and teaches a third-year law seminar.
Courtney received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, Courtney was Managing Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, where her Note was selected for publication, and she was inducted into the Justinian Honor Society and the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she served as a Court Attorney with the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department, before transitioning to a career focused on law student success as a Regional Director with a national bar review provider.