Boston University School of Law

Sean J. Kealy


Hamilton College
A.B., 1991

University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government
M.G.A., 1994

Temple University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 1994

Teaching Experience

Suffolk University
Senior Instructor (2002—Present)
Courses: Criminal Justice Systems, Seminar in Criminology and Law.

Massachusetts Bay Community College
Instructor (1999-2001)
Courses: Introduction to Security Science, Juvenile Offenders, Family Law For Paralegals.

Legal Experience

Massachusetts General Court
Counsel, Joint Committee On Revenue (2003-2006)
Responsible for: reviewing of legislation filed with the Committee; advising the Committee Chair, Senator Cynthia S. Creem, and other committee members on taxation policy; the drafting of revenue legislation; and the general administration of the Committee. Responsible for legal and policy analysis on legislation including: stem cell research, economic development, and same-sex marriage.

Counsel, Joint Committee On Criminal Justice (1999-2002)
Selected legislation worked upon:

  • An Act To Further Protect Children (Mass. Acts of 2002, Chapter 358);
  • An Act Providing Protections Against Terrorism (Mass. Acts of 2002, Chapter 313);
  • An Act Relative To The Crime Of Assault And Battery (Mass. Acts of 2002, Chapter 35);
  • An Act Relative To First Amendment Rights at Reproductive Health Care Facilities (Mass. Acts of 2000, Chapter 217). Drafted and submitted amicus curiæ briefs defending the legislation before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (reported at Opinion of the Justices, 430 Mass. 1205 (2000)) and to the United States Court of Appeals (reported at McGuire, et al. v. Reilly, et al., 260 F.3d 36 (1st Cir. 2000));
  • An Act Improving The Sex Offender Registry and Establishing Civil Commitment and Community Supervision for Life for Sex Offenders (Mass. Acts of 1999, Chapter 74).

Attorney General’s Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Assistant Attorney General, Insurance Fraud Division (1996-1999)
Prosecuted economic crimes including: insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, premium fraud, fraudulent claims against the U.S. Social Security Administration, larceny, forgery, and conspiracy before grand juries and in the Superior and District Courts.

Assistant Attorney General, Victim Compensation Division (1995-1996)
Evaluated claims for damages made against the Commonwealth by victims of violent crime, and reported the findings of the Attorney General to the District Court.

Temple Law School Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical
Internship with Judge Edmund V. Ludwig in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1993-1994)

Research Interests

  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Federal and state constitutional law including the interplay of free speech provisions and criminal law
  • Legislation and how the political system addresses criminal justice issues

Professional Organizations

  • Law & Society Association
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Publications and Presentations

"The Second Amendment as Interpreted by Congress and the Court," 3 Northeastern University Law Journal 325 (2011). 

"Reexamining the Posse Comitatus Act: Toward a Right to Civil Law Enforcement," 21 Yale Law & Policy Review 383 (2003). 
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"Hunting the Dragon: Reforming the Massachusetts Murder Statute," 10 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 203 (2001). 
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"A Proposal for a New Massachusetts Notoriety for Profit Law: The Grandson of Sam," 22 Western New England Law Review 1 (2000). 
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