Kerry O'Neill

Director, Judicial Clerkship Program

  • B.A. Princeton University, 1998
  • J.D. Stanford Law School, 2002

Kerry O’Neill is the Director of the Judicial Clerkships Program at UCLA School of Law.  As Director, Kerry works to enhance all aspects of the judicial clerkship program, including creating and identifying clerkship opportunities, encouraging student interest in clerkships, supporting applicants throughout the process, engaging with the judiciary on clerkship needs, and facilitating faculty involvement in the application process.

Kerry also teaches students, particularly in the area of criminal law.  In Spring 2021, Kerry will teach Federal Criminal Sentencing.  Additionally, Kerry has taught seminars and served on moot court panels for UCLA academics preparing for appellate oral arguments.

Prior to joining UCLA, Kerry was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.  Over a decade of service as a federal prosecutor, Kerry prosecuted and tried numerous complex criminal cases including Ponzi schemes targeting immigrant communities, health care fraud cases defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars, and mortgage and tax fraud cases.  For the bulk of her time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kerry was an appellate specialist in the Criminal Appellate Section, where she briefed numerous appeals, argued 18 cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and prepared other prosecutors for hundreds of oral arguments.  Kerry was also selected to train and supervise other prosecutors, serving as Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section and Deputy Chief in the Criminal Appellate Section.  Prior to her time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kerry was Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles.

Kerry earned her J.D. in 2002 from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Princeton University in 1998 in History with a concentration in East Asian Studies.  Following law school, Kerry clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson ’53 on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kerry is deeply committed to community and civic affairs.  She currently serves as a Trustee of the Norton Simon Museum and as a Board Member of Chrysalis, a job empowerment non-profit helping homeless and justice-involved individuals find jobs and stability.  Kerry is also a lifetime member of the Langston Bar Association.  In 2020, in response to national calls for police reform, Kerry was appointed to serve on the Los Angeles Police Commission Advisory Committee on Building Trust and Equity.