Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law
Office: 1106 Eck Hall of Law
Dean O'Rear graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in Economics and History, after which he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military service, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review.
His private practice experience includes work at Jones Day and at Baker & Daniels, where he served as a partner on the labor and employment litigation teams. Dean O'Rear left private practice to become Vice President and General Counsel of AM General LLC, an automotive and defense manufacturer most widely known for production of the HUMVEE military vehicle. As General Counsel he was involved in all legal affairs of the corporation, including litigation management, regulatory compliance, contract negotiations, and a broad range of other topics.
Dean O'Rear began teaching at the Law School in the Deposition Skills course in 2004, and continues as a Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law today.