Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Renagh O’Leary is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Iowa Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review. Her article Compassionate Release and Decarceration in the States was honored by the Association of American Law Schools as the runner-up in the Criminal Justice Section's 2022 junior scholars paper competition.
Before joining the UW Law School, O'Leary was a trial attorney at the Bronx Defenders, a public defender’s office committed to an innovative model of holistic representation. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Comments Editor for the Yale Law Journal and received the C. LaRue Munson Prize for her clinical work. She received her B.A. in political science, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan.
Scholarship & Publications
Renagh O'Leary was a panelist in a discussion of Wisconsin's sentence adjustment process at the Wisconsin Judicial Conference's Annual Meeting on Nov. 3, 2022.
News & Media
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020Renagh O'Leary wins state bar's Legal Innovator award for compassionate release work
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020Renagh O'Leary makes the case for compassionate release
Thursday, May 14, 2020Renagh O'Leary discusses compassionate release for prisoners at risk of COVID-19 exposure
Des Moines Register
Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019Renagh O'Leary named to 'Up and Coming Lawyers' list