Erin O'Hara O'Connor

Dean Erin OConnor

Erin O'Hara O'Connor

Dean and McKenzie Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A301
Phone: 850.644.3071
Fax: 850.644.5487


J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990
B.A., University of Rochester, 1987

Dean O'Hara O'Connor is a noted scholar in several areas, including conflict of laws, arbitration and the law market. Prior to joining Florida State in 2016, Dean O'Hara O'Connor taught at Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as director of the Law and Human Behavior program from 2007 to 2010, associate dean for academic affairs from 2008 to 2010, and director of graduate studies for the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics from 2011 to 2016.

Dean O'Hara O'Connor received her juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a senior articles selection editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Dean O'Hara O'Connor began her career in academia at the University of Chicago Law School and has taught at several other schools, including Clemson University, George Mason University, Georgetown University and Northwestern University.

Select Recent Publications

CONFLICT OF LAWS: CASES AND MATERIALS (with Lea Brilmayer & Jack Goldsmith) (7th ed., Aspen 2015)

Choice of Law and Conflict of Laws, in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics: Volume 3 (Francesco Parisi, editor) (Oxford University Press 2017)

Protecting Consumer Privacy with Arbitration, 96 N.C. L. Rev. 711 (2018)

The Role of the CISG in Promoting Healthy Jurisdictional Competition, 21 Uniform L. Rev. 41 (2016)

The Essential Role of Courts in Supporting Innovation (with Chris Drahozal), 92 Tex. L. Rev. 2177 (2014)

Foreign Investments and the Market for Law (with Susan Franck), 2014 Ill. L. Rev. 1617

Unbundling Procedure: Carve-Outs from Arbitration Clauses (with Chris Drahozal), 66 Fla. L. Rev. 1945 (2014)

Arbitration, the law market, and the law of lawyering (with Peter B. Rutledge), 38 Int’l Rev. L. & Econ. 87 (June 2014)