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Julie Rose O'Sullivan

Professor of Law

A.B., Stanford; J.D., Cornell

Areas of Expertise:

Criminal Law and Procedure

After graduating from Cornell Law School summa cum laude, Professor O’Sullivan clerked for Chief Judge Levin Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for...

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After graduating from Cornell Law School summa cum laude, Professor O’Sullivan clerked for Chief Judge Levin Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court. She spent five years with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions litigation as well as white-collar criminal defense matters. Her experience at Davis Polk included work on U.S. v. REI, a lengthy and complex public corruption case, and the BCCI case, where she worked with Robert Fiske in the defense of First American Bank, Clark Clifford, and Robert Altman. In 1991, Professor O’Sullivan joined the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney. There, she spent most of her time prosecuting major white-collar crimes. She and another AUSA successfully prosecuted the largest bank fraud case in the country at the time and the first to be brought under the financial kingpin statute. Professor O’Sullivan was then recruited by Robert Fiske, the newly appointed independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation, to join his staff in Little Rock, Arkansas, as associate counsel. She worked for Mr. Fiske, and briefly for Ken Starr, before commencing her teaching career at Georgetown in 1995. Also in 1995, on appointment by the Supreme Court, she successfully briefed and argued a case on behalf of an indigent petitioner in a case pending before that Court.

Professor O’Sullivan has written many articles and the leading casebook on white-collar crime and is a recognized expert on both the federal sentencing guidelines and white collar criminal law. Professor O’Sullivan is increasingly interested in the subject of cross-border criminality and law enforcement. With Professors David Luban and David Stewart, she published a casebook on International and Transnational Criminal Law. She has taught international criminal law in London and Dublin as well as Georgetown. In 2010, she served as a visiting professional at, and then a consultant for, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Professor O’Sullivan is a member of the American Law Institute and has served as a member of, and reporter for, such projects as the ABA’s revision of the Standards for Criminal Justice on Guilty Pleas and the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the Sentencing Guidelines applicable to Organizations. 

 

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: West 6th ed. 2016).   
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, David Luban & David P. Stewart, International and Transnational Criminal Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2d ed. 2014).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, "Private Justice" and FCPA Enforcement: Should the SEC Whistleblower Program Include a Qui Tam Provision?, 53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 67-115 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Relationship Between the Office of the Prosecutor and the Judicial Organ: Conflict and Opportunity, in The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints 153-192 (Martha Minow, C. Cora True-Frost & Alex Whiting eds., Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press 2015).    [BOOK]
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Books

  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: West 6th ed. 2016).   
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, David Luban & David P. Stewart, International and Transnational Criminal Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2d ed. 2014).   
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: West 5th ed. 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 4th ed. 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, David Luban & David P. Stewart, International and Transnational Criminal Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2010).    [BOOK]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 3rd ed. 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: West Group 2d ed. 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Federal White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: West Group 2001).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, "Private Justice" and FCPA Enforcement: Should the SEC Whistleblower Program Include a Qui Tam Provision?, 53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 67-115 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, How Prosecutors Apply the "Federal Prosecutions of Corporations" Charging Policy in the Era of Deferred Prosecutions, and What That Means for the Purposes of the Federal Criminal Sanction, 51 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 29-77 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, The Federal Criminal "Code": Return of Overfederalization, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 57-67 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Skilling: More Blind Monks Examining the Elephant, 39 Fordham Urb. L.J. 343-360 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Honest-Services Fraud: A (Vague) Threat to Millions of Blissfully Unaware (And Non-Culpable) American Workers, 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 23-48 (2010).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Does DOJ's Privilege Waiver Policy Threaten the Rationales Underlying the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine? A Preliminary "No", 45 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1237-1296 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, The Last Straw: The Department of Justice's Privilege Waiver Policy and the Death of Adversarial Justice in Criminal Investigations of Corporations, 57 DePaul L. Rev. 329-363 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, The DOJ Risks Killing the Golden Goose Through Computer Association/Singleton Theories of Obstruction, 44 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1447-1479 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, The Federal Criminal "Code" is a Disgrace: Obstruction Statutes as Case Study, 96 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 643-726 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Some Thoughts on Proposed Revisions to the Organizational Guidelines , 1 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 487-520 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Professional Discipline for Law Firms? A Response to Professor Schneyer’s Proposal , 16 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1-90 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, The Bakaly Debacle: The Role of the Press in High-Profile Criminal Investigations, 60 Md. L. Rev. 149-204 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Relationship Between the Office of the Prosecutor and the Judicial Organ: Conflict and Opportunity, in The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints 153-192 (Martha Minow, C. Cora True-Frost & Alex Whiting eds., Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press 2015).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Amici Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Seventeen Law Professors in Support of Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, Farha v. United States, No. 16-888 (U.S. Feb. 13, 2017).    [WWW]
  • Brief of 13,922 Current Law Students at Accredited American Law Schools as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioners, Grutter v. Bollinger, No. 02-241 (U.S. Feb. 18, 2003).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Brief for Petitioner, Thompson v. Keohane, No. 94-6615 (U.S. Apr. 12, 1995).    [W]
  • Reply Brief for Petitioner, Thompson v. Keohane, No. 94-6615 (U.S. Jun. 13, 1995).    [W]
  • Reply Brief for Petitioner, Thompson v. Keohane, No. 94-6615 (U.S. June 13, 1995).    [W]

Congressional Testimony

  • Criminal Code Reform: Hearing Before Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2014 of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 113th Cong., Feb. 28, 2014 (Statement of Julie Rose O'Sullivan) (CIS-No.: 2014-H521-28).    [WWW]
  • Independent Counsel Act: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Governmental Aff., 106th Cong., Mar. 24, 1999 (Statement of Julie Rose O'Sullivan) (CIS-No.: 99-S401-37).   
  • Independent Counsel Act: Hearing Before the S. Subcomm. on Commercial & Admin. Law, 106th Cong., Mar. 10, 1999 (Statement of Julie Rose O'Sullivan) (CIS-No.: 2000-H521-113).   
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In the News

"Grand juries: How do they work?," coverage by CBS News, August 9, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"How important is it that Mueller has formed a grand jury? I asked 20 legal experts.", coveraage in Vox, August 4, 2017, featuring Professor Victoria Nourse, Professor Julie O'Sullivan and Professor Paul Rothstein.  

 

 "President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that's legal.", coveage in VOX, July 21, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch and Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"“Why Would I Do That?”," coverage by Slate, July 20, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

"Can Mueller Do That? Inquiry Now Crosses Trump's ‘Red Line,'" coverage by Bloomberg Politics, July 20, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

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"Grand juries: How do they work?," coverage by CBS News, August 9, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"How important is it that Mueller has formed a grand jury? I asked 20 legal experts.", coveraage in Vox, August 4, 2017, featuring Professor Victoria Nourse, Professor Julie O'Sullivan and Professor Paul Rothstein.  

 

 "President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that's legal.", coveage in VOX, July 21, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch and Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"“Why Would I Do That?”," coverage by Slate, July 20, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

"Can Mueller Do That? Inquiry Now Crosses Trump's ‘Red Line,'" coverage by Bloomberg Politics, July 20, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

"Experts: Time to smarten up and shut up," coverage in the Boston Herald, July 12, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Trump's Tape Ruse Risks Fresh Legal Jeopardy in Russia Probe," coverage in Bloomberg Politics, June 22, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Is Michael Flynn Cooperating With the FBI?," coverage in Slate, June 20, 2017, featuring Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Pence Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer to Aid Him in Investigations," coverage by The New York Times, June 15, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Role of Trump’s Personal Lawyer Blurs Public and Private Lines," coverage by The New York Times, June 11, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

"Obstruction cases are difficult to build and prosecute," coverage by The Washington Post, June 9, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"James Comey maps a possible obstruction case against Donald Trump," coverage by USA Today, June 8, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Comey's Testimony Gives Building Blocks for Obstruction Case," coverage by NBC4 (Los Angeles), June 8, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Comey’s Testimony Sharpens Focus on Questions of Obstruction," coverage by The New York Times, June 8, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

"Comey's testimony gives building blocks for obstruction case," coverage by McClatchy D.C., June 8, 2017, quoting Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan.

"Legal Experts: Trump's Comments Inappropriate, Maybe Worse," coverage in The New York Times, June 7, 2017 quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Does an FBI Investigation Qualify Under the Obstruction of Justice Statutes? A Closer Look," June 2, 2017, a Lawfare piece referencing a paper by Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Michael Flynn is pleading the 5th to decline a subpoena — here's what that means," coverage in Yahoo Finance, May 23, 2017, featuring Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Michael Flynn is pleading the 5th. So what does that mean?," coverage in USA Today, May 22, 2017, featuring Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Donald Trump impeachment: What could Trump be charged with?," coverage in the Independent, May 18, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Obstruction of justice, explained", coverage in PBS NEWSHOUR, May 17, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

 

"How a Special Counsel Alters the Russia Investigation," coverage by The New York Times, May 17, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Here's Some Advice for Trump From the White-Collar Bar," coverage by The National Law Journal, May 17, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan. This story also appears in Law.com.

"What Is Obstruction of Justice? An Often-Murky Crime, Explained," coverage by The New York Times, May 16, 2017, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan. For more on this story, see WSB-TV 2 (Atlanta).

"The Yates Memo: What Companies Need to Know," Law.com, September 24, 2015, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan

"Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honored for Promoting Civics Education," coverage in Education Week, April 16, 2015, featuring Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"Sandra Day O'Connor's post-court legacy: Civics games," coverage in USA Today, April 14, 2015, featuring Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

Professor Julie O'Sullivan was named among the "notable women in the field" of white-collar law by the New York Times Dealbook, April 2, 2013. 

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