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The Honorable John Corbett O'Meara was appointed to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, in 1994. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner at the firm of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, VanDusen & Freeman of Detroit, Michigan. He was actively engaged in the practice of law since 1962, specializing in employment law litigation, representing management clients.

Judge O'Meara was born in Hillsdale, Michigan, and received his secondary education in the Hillsdale Public Schools. He received an A.B. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1955 and graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1962. Between college and law school, he served on active duty with the United States Navy as a line officer in submarines and was engineering officer of the Navy's first guided missile submarine. After leaving the Navy, he was a staff assistant to United States Senator Philip A. Hart.

While studying law, Judge O'Meara was appointed to the faculty of Harvard College where he served as coach of the freshman debate team and as a member of the staff of the freshman dean.

Judge O'Meara taught employment law as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Law School from 1965 through 1970. He attained the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve and was the Commanding Officer of Submarine Division 9-228 located at the Brodhead Naval Armory in Detroit.

Judge O'Meara was active in Bar activities and served as an officer or member of various sections and committees of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Detroit Bar Association.

Judge O'Meara frequently appeared as a lecturer and on seminar panels in his area of legal specialization.


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