G. Robert Blakey
The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Law
Specializing in criminal law, G. Robert Blakey is the nation’s foremost authority on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), which he helped to draft. He frequently consults on cases involving RICO statutes at both the federal and state levels, including arguing several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. His legislative drafting assisted in the passage of Title III on wiretapping of the Safe Streets Act of 1968 and the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.
Blakey has done exhaustive research investigating the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He served as chief counsel and staff director to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations from 1977 to 1979, and helped to draft the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
For all of this, Blakey has repeatedly been named to the list of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States by The National Law Journal.
The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professorship was created with earnings from the original O’Neill Professorship in Economics, a gift of 1928 Notre Dame alumnus William O’Neill and his wife, Dorothy, both natives of Cleveland, Ohio.