Sean J. Kealy

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

AB, Hamilton College
MGA, University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government
JD, cum laude, Temple University School of Law

Areas of Interest
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Legislative Process

Sean Kealy graduated from Temple Law School in 1994. He was an assistant attorney general from 1995-1999 where he worked on victim compensation claims and prosecuted insurance fraud. From 1999-2007 he worked as legal advisor to State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) and counsel to the General Court’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and the Joint Committee on Revenue. While working for the Legislature, Professor Kealy had the opportunity to work on many notable issues such as: the revised sex offender registry, the creation of “buffer zones” around reproductive health clinics, drunk driving legislation, modernizing corporate tax laws, creating new tax credits to encourage economic development, legalizing and encouraging stem cell research, and ensuring equal marriage rights.

Professor Kealy has taught criminal justice at Massachusetts Bay Community College and Suffolk University and has written law review articles on a variety of topics dealing with statutory changes to protect victim’s rights, improve the definition of murder and revise the Federal Posse Comitatus Act. He also co-edits a bi-monthly newsletter on recent changes to the criminal law that is distributed to prosecutors, members of law enforcement, defense attorneys and academics.

  1. Sean Kealy, American Legislative Practice, West Academic Publishing (2021).
  2. Sean Kealy, "Legislative Scrutiny in the United States: Dynamic, Whole-stream Revision," Theory and Practice of Legislation (2021).
  3. Sean Kealy, "Marijuana Legalization and the Role of the Massachusetts Legislature," 101 Boston University Law Review 1173 (2021).
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  4. Angela Onwuachi-Willig & Sean Kealy, "Make Schools Play Fair on Hair: Stop Allowing Religious Schools to Discriminate Against Cornrows and Locs," New York Daily News (December 16, 2019).
  5. Sean Kealy, "Introduction to the Professor Robert Seidman Memorial Issue," 20 European Journal of Law Reform 3 (2018).
  6. Sean Kealy & Alex Fomey, "The Reliability of Evidence in Evidence-Based Legislation," 20 European Journal of Law Reform (2018).
  7. Sean Kealy, "A Guide to Gathering and Using Legislative History in Massachusetts," 97 Massachusetts Law Review 46 (2016).
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  8. Sean Kealy, African Parliamentary Knowledge Network Legislative Handbook: Using Evidence to Design and Assess Legislation, African Parliamentary Knowledge Network (2013).
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  9. Sean Kealy, "The Second Amendment as Interpreted by Congress and the Court," 3 Northeastern University Law Journal 325 (2011).
  10. Sean Kealy, "Reexamining the Posse Comitatus Act: Toward a Right to Civil Law Enforcement," 21 Yale Law & Policy Review 383 (2003).
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  11. Sean Kealy, "Hunting the Dragon: Reforming the Massachusetts Murder Statute," 10 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 203 (2001).
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  12. Sean Kealy, "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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