Dyane  O'Leary

Professor of Legal Writing; Director, Legal Innovation & Technology Institute; Director, Legal Innovation & Technology Concentration

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Professor O'Leary is a national leader at the intersection of legal writing and legal technology. She directs Suffolk's #1 nationally ranked LIT Institute as well as the law school's LIT Concentration for JD students, which was included in Bloomberg's top 10 law school innovators list in 2023.

Professor O'Leary is the author of the first student-centered coursebook on innovation and technology practical skills for lawyers. Her scholarship and speaking engagements focus on technology competence in legal practice and the law school curriculum. She has published and presented on topics such as Generative AI for lawyers, artificially intelligent legal research and writing tools and document automation, and cybersecurity basics for lawyers.

At Suffolk, Professor O'Leary designed and taught the first course on Generative AI and designed a new course called Modern Legal Practice Innovation & Tech, which covers skills in areas such as e-discovery, research analytics, cybersecurity basics, word processing for lawyers, typography, remote lawyering, law practice management tools, and digital design of legal documents. She regularly partners with industry experts and vendors to bring a real-world experience into the classroom for students.

In 2023, Professor O'Leary chaired the Association of American Law School's Section on Technology, Law & Legal Education. Her past national service includes Managing Editor on the Editorial Board for the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) Journal of Legal Writing, 2019 host representative for the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Conference, 2021 Site Committee Chair for the ALWD Conference, 2020-21 LWI Committee Symposium on AI & the Legal Profession committee member, 2022-2024 ALWD Board Member, 2021 Awards Committee Chair, AALS Section on Tech., Law, & Legal Education, and 2022 Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Tech., Law & Legal Education. Locally, Professor O'Leary regularly contributes to MA Bar programming and other initiatives, such as advisor to a committee consider rule changes in Massachusetts because of new legal technology.


  • Suffolk University Law School (JD, summa cum laude); winner of Daniel J. Fern Award (highest GPA) Villanova University (BA, summa cum laude)

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Honors and Awards

Professor O’Leary was named a “Women of Legal Tech” by the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center in 2022. In 2021, she was recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree (an award recognizing innovation and leadership in technology and law) and was also elected as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She was recognized by the Association of Legal Writing Directors with an Outstanding Service Award in 2021 for her leadership with national conference planning and received Suffolk University’s Creating the Dream Award in 2017 for her efforts at supporting a diverse and inclusive environment at the law school.

Bar Admittance

  • Massachusetts, 2005
  • U.S. District Court (D.Mass.), 2006
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Courses Taught

  • Legal Practice Skills
  • Advanced Legal Writing IP Litigation
  • Advanced Legal Writing Innovation & Tech for the Modern Lawyer

Curriculum Vitae